NHL coach returns to the benchA youth hockey team from Massachusetts recently donned their new and used hockey equipment and hit the ice for a memorable game. According to the Associated Press, the team of 8- and 9-year-old players had a famous coach for one particular game - Boston Bruins' coach Claude Julien.
Apparently, the team won a raffle in which the prize was a game coached by Julien. The team, from Winthrop, beat their opponents with a score of 3-2 under Julien's tutelage.
"It was a lot of fun to get behind the bench and deal with young hockey players again," Julien told The Boston Globe. "They were having fun and enjoying the game. They were an excited group."
Julien certainly has the time to help young players while the NHL lockout continues. However, the newspaper reports that he still holds sessions with his assistant coaches in which they work out and strategize for when they can get back on the ice with their players.
"You're bored," he told the news provider. "You're trying to keep busy with things around the house. But this time of year, the one thing you can't change from us is that we're used to a full-go schedule. Full tilt. It's a hard time. The other coaches have expressed the same sentiments. It's really hard."