Boston Bruins

Oct 27, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy gestures from the bench during the third period against the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins have officially fired head coach Bruce Cassidy, the team announced Monday night.

“Today I informed Bruce Cassidy that I was making a head coaching change,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said in a team-provided statement. “After 14 years working with Bruce, this was an extremely difficult decision.

“I want to thank and acknowledge Bruce for all his work and success with the Bruins organization. His head coaching record for the Bruins is impressive, and we are appreciative of Bruce both professionally and personally. After taking some time to fully digest everything, I felt that the direction of our team for both this season and beyond would benefit from a new voice. I want to wish Bruce, Julie, Shannon and Cole much success as a family and with their future opportunities.”

Boston’s head coach since Feb. 2017, the Bruins posted a 271-131-52 record during Cassidy’s tenure behind the bench. Only the Capitals (273-132-48) and Lightning (288-130-36) posted better records over that span.

Cassidy also won the 2020 Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach.

“I want to thank Bruce for his time and service to the Boston Bruins organization over the last 14 years,” said Bruins president Cam Neely. “Bruce has been a fantastic coach and has helped this team win many games and achieve success over his tenure behind the bench. I also want to extend my gratitude to Bruce and his family for everything they’ve done over the years to support the New England community and Bruins organization. We wish them continued success in the future.”

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