It appears that Cam Neely and the Bruins Organization are sticking with Bruce Cassidy as head coach for the foreseeable future. The announcement came Wednesday morning just three days after the the Bruins’ season came to an end at the hand of the Ottawa Senators.
The 51 year old led Boston back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season after taking over for Claude Julien on February 7th. Including the postseason, Cassidy coached the team for 33 games, putting together a 18-8-1 regular season record as well as winning a pair in their playoff series.
Cassidy will be bringing with him previous coaching experience as he was formerly the head coach of the Washington Capitals during the 2002-03 season. He coached Washington into the playoffs as a sixth seed where they eventually lost in six games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cassidy only lasted 25 games the following year after a measly 8-16-1 record to that point. He wound up as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004 but after the NHL lockout cancelled the 2004-05 season, began his tenure in Chicago the following year.
Before joining Boston as an assistant prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, Cassidy spent five seasons as head coach of the Providence Bruins after serving as an assistant for three years.