The Boston Bruins announced last Thursday that they have agreed to terms on a contract with Medford native, Joe Sacco, to be an assistant coach.
The hiring of Sacco is a smart move by the Bruins because it brings a veteran mind to their coaching staff. Sacco has head coaching experience in the NHL as he coached the Colorado Avalanche for four seasons going 130-134-30 making the playoffs his first season there but losing in the first round to San Jose.
Sacco played in 738 games as a professional hockey player in the NHL tallying 94 goals and 118 assists. He called Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia his home once during his career.
“I feel fortunate to be part of such a strong group, a team that’s had success for a number of years,” Sacco said during a conference call. “Hopefully it will continue its success moving forward.”
Sacco's last season coaching the Avs came in 2012-2013 as he was replaced by Patrick Roy, as he lead them to a 100+ point season.
Sacco will replace Geoff Ward who took a head coaching job coaching Mannheim in Germany. Sacco has a lot to live up to as Ward was Claude Julien's top-man during his seven seasons on the bench.