Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, who guided the Boston Bruins to the top of the Eastern Conference standings this season, has been named NHL Coach of the Year by Sporting News in a vote by 39 coaches and executives from throughout the league. Julien, whose team posted a 53-19-10 record and 116 points in his second season at the B's helm, molded the Bruins into a league power by instituting a more offensive style with his normal defensive system -- and also impletemented an effective blueprint for dealing with players.
"When things are going well, he doesn’t mess them up," goalie Tim Thomas said. "He knows how to step back and let go. But if he sees something he wants to do better, he also lets it be known."
Julien is also considered a leading candidate for the Jack Adams Award given to the NHL's top coach at the NHL Awards Show at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on June 18.
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