The Montreal Canadiens have fired head coach Michel Therrien and have named former Boston Bruins bench boss Claude Julien as the club's new coach.
Julien, 56, enters his second tour of duty as head coach of the Canadiens after assuming the role of head coach from January 2003 to January 2006 with a record of 72-62-10-15 in 259 regular-season games.
"I would like to sincerely thank Michel for his relentless work with the Montreal Canadiens over his eight seasons behind the bench, including the last five seasons when we worked together," Habs GM Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him. I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction. Claude Julien is an experienced and well respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market. Claude has been very successful as an NHL coach and he won the Stanley Cup. Today we hired the best available coach, and one of the league's best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track."
Julien has coached 997 regular-season games in the NHL (Montreal, New Jersey and Boston), including the last 10 season as the Bruins bench boss (2007 to 2017).
Throughout his NHL career, Julien managed a record of 538 wins, 332 losses, 10 ties and 117 overtime losses for a .603 winning percentage.
Julien was relieved of his coaching duties with the Bruins on Feb. 7. He led his team to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2011 and also reached the NHL Stanley Cup Final in 2013.
He also led the Bruins to the President's Trophy in 2013-14 after racking up 117 points in the standings, and in 2008-09, Julien was the Jack Adams Trophy recipient as the NHL's head coach of the year.
Julien is also the winningest coach in Bruins history with 388 wins.
Therrien, 53, was named head coach of the Canadiens on June 5, 2012. He was also the club's head coach from 2000 to 2003.
He compiled a 406-303-23-82 record in 814 regular season games as head coach in the NHL.