Just days after his dismissal, former Bruins head coach Claude Julien released his first public statement on the matter.
Here’s the release, per the Boston Globe:
“I would like first and foremost to thank the Bruins organization for allowing my family and I the privilege of spending 10 unforgettable years in Boston. We were proud to call this great city home for so long and will dearly miss it.
“To the players, past and present, medical and equipment staff, doctors and communications staff, all of whom worked hard for the success of our club with a team-first mentality, I cannot thank you enough for your commitment through it all.
“From the game day security crew to the volunteers that I was fortunate enough to meet throughout the years, I thank you as well.
“I certainly cannot sign off without thanking the people that made this time here so rewarding- the Boston Bruins fans. Your devotion, unmistakable passion, energy and support is what makes Boston the best sports city in the entire world!
“In leaving this organization, what I’m most happy about and most proud of is being part of the team that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Sharing that journey and the Stanley Cup celebrations with our players, families, staff and our fans produced so many incredible memories that I will never forget. To all that were part of it and helped along the way, I want to express a heartfelt ‘thank you.’”
At the time of his firing, Julien was the NHL’s longest-tenured bench boss. In addition to capturing the aforementioned Stanley Cup, he also won the 2009 Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach, and leaves as the B’s all-time leader in wins.
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