Published June 17, 2011
Mr. Claude Julien, I bow at your feet! I kiss your Stanley Cup ring! Never one to like your coaching style, never one that appreciated your stubbornness, I will never again question your coaching decisions.
Mr. Julien, you have done what the likes of Don Cherry, Fred Creighton, Bep Guidolin, Gerry Cheevers, Terry O’Reilly, Mike Milbury, Steve Kasper, Brian Sutter, Rick Bowness, Pat Burns and Mike Keenan could not do. Dave Lewis and Robbie Ftorek were clueless about what you have accomplished.
Mr. Julien, you have brought Boston a Stanley Cup and you did it your way. Critics like me, be damned! You never wavered in what your plan — whatever it was — would be. You didn’t change your mind on who would dress and who would sit. As you have said numerous times, all that matters is what those men in the locker room believe in. And they believed in what you said, planned, drew up, and they went out and did it all and captured the most beautiful chalice in the world.