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CLAUDE JULIEN (2002-2006)

Claude
Julien

2002 -
Date of birth April 23rd, 1960
Place of birth Blind River, ON, CAN
Seasons - MTL 3
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 159 72 62 10 15 169
2002-2003 36 12 16 3 5 32
2003-2004 82 41 30 7 4 93
2005-2006 41 19 16 0 6 44
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
RESULT Result
TOTALS 11 4 7  
2003-2004 11 4 7 Conference semifinals

After successful coaching stints in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the American Hockey League, Claude Julien was named head coach of the Canadiens on January 17, 2003, replacing Michel Therrien in that position.

Julien’s arrival behind the bench didn’t result in a playoff berth for the team, which finished 10th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Julien did get results the following season, though. Led by Jose Theodore’s 33 wins, Richard Zednik’s 26 goals and Mike Ribeiro’s 65 points, the team recorded 93 points in 2003-04 and qualified for the playoffs.

The seventh-seeded Canadiens pulled off a huge upset by beating the second-seeded Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. Theodore and veterans Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev helped the Habs overcome a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Bruins in seven games.

In the second round, the Canadiens lost in four straight games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who went on to win their first Stanley Cup.

Upon returning from the lockout that caused the cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season, Julien’s team had an uneven first half with 19 wins in 41 games.

On January 14, 2006, Julien was fired by general manager Bob Gainey, who took over as the team’s interim coach through the end of the 2005-06 season.