Since taking over the Boston Bruins bench as an interim coach on February 7, 2017, following the dismissal of longtime Bruins coach and Stanley Cup winner Claude Julien, Bruce Cassidy has led the Bruins to a 117-52-22 record, three playoff appearances and most recently, a run to Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. On Wednesday morning, Cassidy was rewarded for his leadership with a multi-year extension.
The Bruins have played in the playoffs in all three seasons with Cassidy as their bench boss and won four of those seven playoff rounds he coached them to.
Cassidy’s .670 winning percentage is already the fourth-best in Bruins team history. He reached his first 100 wins with the franchise in just 166 games, trailing only Tom Johnson (138 games) for the fastest to that milestone. The Bruins have 256 points in those 166 games, second-most in the NHL over that span to Tampa Bay (283 points).
Cassidy led the Bruins to a 50-20-12 record and 112 points in his first full season behind the bench in 2017-18, second place in the Eastern Conference and the fourth-best record in the National Hockey League. The Bruins finished that season ranked in the Top 10 in the NHL in wins when opponent scores first (21), second in shots allowed per game (29.3), second in shot attempts percentage (53.71), third in penalty kill percentage (83.7), tied for third in first-period goals (79), tied for third in third-period goals (95), fourth in power play percentage (23.5), fourth in goals against per game (2.57), sixth in goals per game (3.26), seventh in takeaways (682), eighth in hits (1,914), tied for eighth in shots per game (33.0) and tied for 10th in faceoff win percentage (50.7).
Last season, the Bruins once again hit the 100-point plateau, amassing 107 points with a 49-24-9 record. The Bruins were second in the NHL in wins (49), points (107), goal differential (plus-44) and power-play percentage (25.9). The Bruins also had a 19-game point streak from January 29 – March 9, which was the second-longest streak in team history.
Prior to joining Boston as an assistant before the start of the 2016-17 season, Cassidy spent five seasons (2011-16) as head coach of the Providence Bruins, where he was also the assistant coach the three previous seasons (2008-11). Cassidy, 54, compiled a 207-128-45 overall record in 380 games at the helm, including winning seasons in all five years and postseason berths in each of his final four seasons in Providence.