Boston Bruins: 5 Reasons Claude Julien Is the Best Coach in the NHL

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Boston Bruins: 5 Reasons Claude Julien Is the Best Coach in the NHL
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No one has lasted longer as the Boston Bruins’ head coach than Claude Julien since Gerry Cheevers, who spent four years, plus 56 games behind the bench, in the first half of the 1980s.

If Boston reaches at least the second round of the 2012 playoffs, Julien will be the first coach to help the Bruins win a playoff series in each of four consecutive seasons since Don Cherry.

Considering what Boston has already been through and subsequently overcome this season, it should not surprise anyone if Julien soon joins Jacques Demers (Detroit, 1987 and 1988) as the only other man to win two Jack Adams Awards with the same team.

A team simply does not spend the first month of a season exhibiting one of the most egregious cases of post-Stanley Cup hangover and then recompense everything the very next month without a significant dose of inspiration from its skipper.

In this ongoing season and through much of the previous four, Julien has constantly demonstrated a multitude of qualities that all but give him a peerless aura. All of what is detailed here is plenty to make him a front-runner for the billing of the NHL’s top coach in the 2011-12 campaign.

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