(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
According to a report from Jerry Spar of WEEI.com’s Big Bad Blog, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada in regards to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next February.
The addition of Julien adds to a very solid coaching staff for Team Canada. Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock will serve the role of head man (the title he served when Team Canada won the Gold Medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver) while Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis Blues), Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars), and Julien will serve as assistants.
The announcement comes just three days after the NHL announced that its players would be made available to participate in the Olympic Games.
Coaching in international play is nothing new for Julien as he served under head coach Marc Habscheid at the 2006 World Championships, and was the head coach for the Canadian national junior team at the U-20 World Championship in 2000. Under his tutelage, that team won the bronze medal.
In what is sure to an exciting hockey spectacle next February, the Boston Bruins will have at least one representative in their head coach and there is a very good chance that several Black and Gold players will be joining him on his Olympic journey.