Julien 'thrilled' with Doug Jarvis hiring

Updated: August 4, 2010, 9:56 PM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Bruins hired former Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Doug Jarvis on Wednesday, filling out their coaching staff for 2010-11.

Jarvis joins the staff with a built-in chemistry with head coach Claude Julien, whom Jarvis served under for part of the 2005-06 season in Montreal. He remained as an assistant in Montreal until the end of the 2008-09 season.

Craig Ramsay left Boston for Atlanta in June to take over the head-coaching position there. The Bruins have since replaced him on the bench with assistant Doug Houda, who served as the "eye in the sky" in the press box the past three seasons. Houda will join Julien and fellow assistant Geoff Ward on the bench while Jarvis will move up top and take Houda's spot.

In a teleconference with the media Wednesday, Julien expressed his excitement about reuniting with his former assistant.

"I want to tell you how thrilled we are to have Doug Jarvis join our staff," Julien said. "I think when the job became available, the one thing we wanted to do was replace some of the experience we lost with Craig Ramsay. Having known Doug for a while, having worked with him briefly in Montreal, his experience in coaching and playing was very valuable in our decision-making."

According to Julien, Jarvis proved to be a loyal and dedicated coach during their time in the Canadiens organization and is already on board with the Bruins' goals to bring a Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time since 1972.

"The fact that he is a very loyal -- and not just loyal to the head coach, but also loyal to the cause in which he believes our team is a good candidate to win the Stanley Cup and would like to be part of it," Julien said. "When he showed some interest in wanting to join the staff, it was something that really excited us because of all of those reasons."

Jarvis won four Stanley Cups as a player with the Habs. His career spanned 13 NHL seasons in Montreal, Washington and Hartford. The passion he has for the game is something Julien knows will translate in the players' performance on the ice.

"He knows a lot about the game," Julien said. "You look at how long he has coached and he's been through a lot. He knows the situations and how to deal with them. You can see that and I was able to see that firsthand. I had him in Montreal and really enjoyed his loyalty and dedication. He's one of those guys that will work hard and won't be counting the hours as far as what needs to be done. People that do that are very passionate people and Doug is passionate about his job.

"He's got a wealth of Stanley Cup championships as a player and as a coach, and that becomes valuable when you have a fairly young team."

Julien has always had Jarvis on his radar, and when Ramsay left for Atlanta, Jarvis was immediately in the running to replace him.

"This a guy that I brought into Montreal from [Canadiens farm team] Hamilton, and I remember talking to [then-Canadiens general manager] Bob Gainey and saying I'd like to have Doug on board," Julien recalled. "His knowledge and his experience was something that I had liked. We had good chemistry and I know for a fact that Doug coming into our situation, with the coaching staff being there since I've been here, he's going to blend in perfectly. He's got that personality and I think it will be a smooth transition.

"There's a lot of great coaches out there but there's certain coaches you feel you have great chemistry with, and Doug fit into that category."

James Murphy has covered the Bruins and the NHL for the past eight seasons.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com