This morning that Boston Bruins Head announced that Coach Bruce Cassidy was signed to a multi-year contract extension after an impressive record within the organization in just a few short years.
With the Bruins, Cassidy boast a 117-52-22 record in 191 career games. He has the fourth best winning percentage in Bruins history with a .670. He is second in reaching his first 100 wins with Boston (166 games) -Tom Johnson leads the record with 138 games. An Impressive record: Cassidy has coached the Bruins to 256 points, second in the entire NHL over his short tenure as Head Coach, trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Since taking over for former Head Coach Claude Julien, Cassidy has led the team to the Stanley Cup Final this past season for the first time since 2013. The Boston Bruins finished second place behind the Tampa Bay Lightning with 107 points. This marked the second-straight time the team reached 100 points. The team also enjoyed a 19-game point streak.
BY THE NUMBERS
Looking at pure stats, Bruce Cassidy hit quite a few behind the bench for the Black and Gold. In his first full season in 2017-2018, the 54-year-old led the team to second place in the Eastern Conference (while having the fourth best record in the NHL). In what was supposed to be a “rebuild” year for the Boston Bruins, Cassidy injected a new approach and entrusted his many rookies. The progression of the first-year players became the narrative for the team as they netted the NHL’s best 58 goals.
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KIDS
The Bruins were ranked in the Top 10 in the 2017-2018 season. They were first in wins when the opponents scores first, second in shot attempts and shots allowed in each game. The Bruins tied for third in goals netted in the first period and in third period goals. They were also third in penalty kills, fourth in goals against per game and in power-play percentage. The team was also eight in total hits and shots per game, while being 10th in face-off wins.
As interim coach for the 2017-2018 Bruins final regular season games, Cassidy boasted a 18-8-1 record and the team punched their way into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With Cassidy taking over as head coach in February, the team was first in goals per game and fewest shots allowed. They were tied second in the NHL in power-plays and wins. Cassidy had also served as head coach of the Providence Bruins for five seasons and served as assistant for three seasons. Under Cassidy the Providence Bruins had winning regular seasons and enjoyed Playoff seasons.
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