BOSTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Claude Julien, who previously coached the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils, has been hired as coach of the NHL's Boston Bruins.
Julien is the fifth coach to lead the Bruins since the start of the 2002-03 season. He replaces Dave Lewis, who was fired after one season in Boston. The Bruins were 35-41-6 last season and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Julien, 47, most recently coached the Devils and had the team 47-24-8 when he was removed as coach with a week remaining in the 2006-07 regular-season schedule.
His first coaching position was as a midseason replacement in Montreal in 2003. He was fired after the 2005-06 season, having compiled a 72-71-16 record with the Canadiens.