Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand Gives His Thoughts On The Firing Of Head Coach Claude Julien
“I know I wouldn’t be the same player today if Claude wasn’t my coach,” Marchand said Tuesday. “I said that before and I’ll always say that. He had a huge impact on my game. He really pushed me to be a better player and be more like Bergy and be a good two-way all-around guy.
Those are the kind of guys you need on your team to win and that’s something he’s always preached to me. He’s put up with a lot (with) me over the years, and he’s always had my back.”
Marchy has caused the Bruins coaching staff some headaches over the years with questionable plays and a lack of defense at times. vAnd while Julien might have shown Marchand some tough love at times, the coach kept going back to Marchand.
“He’s always come to my defense, even when I made it hard on him,” Marchand continued. “He allowed me to grow and he’s always tried to get me to be more of a player than an agitator. I think that’s really come out the last few years. A lot of coaches wouldn’t have given me that opportunity over time to grow and mature like that and putting me in the position to succeed.
He put me on the top line with (Patrice Bergeron), he’s given me power-play time over the last couple years, putting me on the PK … he’s allowed me to work on my overall game over time and be a better player. A lot of coaches wouldn’t have done that, so I can definitely attribute a lot of my success to Claude.”