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Former Red Wings coach Lewis takes over Bruins

BOSTON -- The last time Dave Lewis took over an NHL
franchise, it was the defending Stanley Cup champion.

This time, Lewis will head up a team of young players who
finished last in the Northeast Division.

Lewis was introduced Thursday as the new head coach of the
Boston Bruins, succeeding Mike Sullivan, who was fired earlier this
week. Lewis has a reputation for being a motivator, a skill that
could help the young team.

"Once you put the jersey on, there's no place to hide.
Everybody watches you once you step on the ice. That's the one
great thing about this sport," Lewis said.

"If you say you're a great skill player, show me. If you're a
character guy, show me. If you're a tough guy, show me," Lewis
said.

Lewis signed a four-year deal with the Bruins. The terms weren't
disclosed.

The Bruins also announced they wouldn't retain assistants Wayne
Cashman and Norm Maciver. Incoming general manager Peter Chiarelli
said no decisions on Lewis' staff had been made.

Lewis spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach for the Red Wings
before succeeding Scotty Bowman as head coach after they won their
third Stanley Cup in six years in 2001-2002. He held the job for
two seasons, but his contract wasn't renewed in June 2005 and
stayed with Detroit as a scout.

In 17 seasons, Lewis helped coach two of the top goal scorers in
NHL history: Steve Yzerman, ranked seventh with 692 goals, and
Brendan Shanahan, ranked 15th with 598 goals.

"If you say you're a great skill player, show me. If you're a
character guy, show me. If you're a tough guy, show me."
Bruins coach Dave Lewis

With the Bruins, Lewis' top career goal scorer is Glen Murray,
with 292. And Boston hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1972. But
Lewis said the Bruins have a foundation of good young players.

"I think there's a strong nucleus there of high skill," he
said.

Lewis said a young team might need more guidance about dealing
with the daily rigors of the NHL. But he said once the game starts,
"My expectations are the same."

"When you get on the ice, I expect you to perform at the
highest level," he said.

Lewis was introduced by Chiarelli, who is scheduled to
officially take over as general manager on July 15 after completing
his duties as assistant GM of the Ottawa Senators.

Chiarelli said he chose Lewis after interviewing five
candidates, including Sullivan. Chiarelli touted the decades of
experience Lewis brings to the job and described Lewis as a
"highly motivated, team focused, NHL coach."

"We shared many common objectives with the ultimate goal of
having this team return to its winning tradition," he said.

Defenseman Paul Mara, obtained from Phoenix last Monday for
defenseman Nick Boynton, said he's heard nothing but good things
about Lewis.

"He's real knowledgeable of the game, respects his players and
he's really a players' coach," he said. "That's the kind of coach
a player wants to play for, a guy who respects you and wants the
best for you and out of you."