Bruce Cassidy Named Boston Bruins Head Coach

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2017

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Bruce Cassidy, interim head coach of the Boston Bruins, speaks with the media before the game between the Bruins and the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on February 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins removed the interim tag from Bruce Cassidy on Wednesday and officially named him head coach.

General manager Don Sweeney announced the move, making Cassidy the 28th head coach in franchise history.

Following the firing of Claude Julien, Cassidy took over as the interim coach, going 18-8-1 en route to a playoff appearance.

Boston was eliminated in the first round by the Ottawa Senators in six games.

After the Bruins' postseason ouster, Cassidy replied "Absolutely, 100 percent" when asked if he wanted the full-time head coaching job, perΒ CBS Boston.

Adam Kaufman of WBZ NewsRadio in Boston tweeted about the impact Cassidy had on the Bruins:

Adam Kaufman @AdamMKaufman

The #Bruins went 20-12-1 overall (2-4 in the postseason) under Bruce Cassidy. Totally different group after he took over.

The 51-year-old Cassidy has a wealth of coaching experience at the NHL and AHL levels.

He spent parts of two seasons as the Washington Capitals' head coach, leading them to the playoffs in 2002-03.

Cassidy was also the head coach for Boston's farm club, the Providence Bruins, from 2011 through 2016 before becoming an assistant under Julien.

The 2016-17 campaign marked the first time the Bruins reached the playoffs since 2013-14.

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