Claude Julien broke his silence Thursday, going public for the first time since the Boston Bruins fired the longtime head coach Tuesday.
Julien released a statement thanking the organization, team staff, the players and Bruins fans.
Here’s his statement in full:
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.’
The Bruins tabbed assistant coach and former Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy as the interim head coach. He’ll get his first crack behind the Boston bench Thursday night when the Bruins welcome the San Jose Sharks to TD Garden.
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