Big Papi, Belichick Congratulate Claude Julien on Bruins Win Record
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 24, 2016
Bruins coach Claude Julien surpassed Art Ross for the most coaching wins in the franchise’s 92-year history earlier this month. That’s quite the honor, considering Ross more or less invented the puck still used today, and, as legend as it, named the Bruins.
With the B’s at home against the Florida Panthers Thursday night, the team tweeted a video tribute to Julien, featuring Boston sports figures past and present. The city’s other three coaches—Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Red Sox skipper John Farrell, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens—offered up their best wishes for the occasion.
“You’ve done so much for the team, for our city. Really proud to be coaching in the same city with you. Love the way you handle your team, learned a lot from you—except how to skate. Still need some work on that,” Belichick says. “But that’s a lot of wins. Wish I could steal a few of those from you.”
Even Julien’s former Boston counterparts, including Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who led the Celtics to a championship in 2008, and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who captured two World Series titles with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, congratulated Blind River, Ontario’s favorite son on the historic achievement.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment, especially given the 92 years of Bruins history. We’re all counting on many more wins with you leading our team and our city,” Mayor Marty Walsh says.
“Hey Claude, congratulations on all those wins,” says Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. “Keep it up, and bring the Cup back to Boston—and Fenway.”