Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Canadiens fire Therrien, name Julien as new head coach

Canadiens fire Therrien, name Julien as new head coach

Julien was just fired last week as coach of the Bruins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and was the longest-tenured coach until last week.

"The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a hard one because I have lots of respect for him", Montreal GM Marc Bergevin said. I am confident that he will be able to put our team back on the road to victory, "said Canadian General Manager Marc Bergevin".

The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday and hired Claude Julien in hopes of getting their season back on track.

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Julien previously served as head coach in Montreal from January 2003 to January 2006 - posting a record of 72-62-10-15 in 259 regular season games during that stretch. I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction. They're coming off a 4-0 loss to the Bruins on Sunday and don't play again until Saturday. Michel Therrien leaves the Canadiens for a second time with a record of 194 wins and 121 losses in 352 games. Julien was sacked as coach of the Boston Bruins last week and predictions that the veteran wouldn't be out of work for long proved true. Julien had been on the market one week following his Boston firing February 7. He had been the longest tenured coach in the National Hockey League, having been with Boston since 2007. He coached the Habs from 2002-06, with his team upsetting the favored B's in a seven-game playoff series in 2004.

Michel Therrien, 53, was named head coach of the Canadiens on June 5, 2012. He led the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals in 2014.

Julien, 56, who has also coached in New Jersey, won the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in 2009.

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