BOSTON -- Hall of Famer Patrick Roy -- general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts, a Quebec Junior Hockey League club -- said he recently sought out the advice of Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
Julien started his coaching career in the same league, coaching the Hull Olympiques to four consecutive playoff appearances, including a Memorial Cup in 1997. Prior to that Memorial Cup winning season, Julien led a Hull team with 17 rookies to the final game of the President’s Cup, the championship series for the QMJHL. With 11 rookies on his squad this season, Roy figured Julien would be a good person to seek out for advice.
“We talked about him having a very young team this year,” Julien told ESPNBoston.com. “... Just be patient and if you believe in these players and let them know it, it will pay off in the second year. He seems to think that he has some quality young players so I told him how I enjoyed that year better than the year I won the Memorial Cup. We had so much fun winning the Memorial Cup but I’m not sure I didn’t have as much seeing a bunch of rookies go that far. [Roberto] Luongo was the goaltender for [Acadie] Bathurst and I think we lost 3-2 in Game 7. It was just an outstanding year. Just an unbelievable progression along the way. We stayed positive and it paid off. So I stressed to him to do the same.”
The former Canadiens and Avalanche goaltender also picked Julien’s brain on his current coaching philosophies that helped earn the Bruins their first Stanley Cup in 39 seasons.
“Patrick wanted to know about our back-check and our fore-check and parts of our game,” Julien said of his call with the former Bruins nemesis and then teammate of Ray Bourque. “It’s nice to hear people seem to enjoy the way we play and that’s what he said that he watched a lot of our playoff games. He was trying to clarify a couple of things we did and how so we talked about that.”