Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Claude Julien
Defenceman Claude Julien played for a short time with the Quebec Nordiques in the mid-1980s. He was known for making crisp outlet passes and playing the point on the power play while also playing physically when necessary.

The native of the Northern Ontario town of Blind River played with the Newmarket Flyers before graduating to the Oshawa Generals of the OHA in 1977-78. He was forced to miss the next season due to an injury but returned to solidify the Windsor Spitfies' blueline in 1979-80.

Julien signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in 1981 then spent nearly four years in the minors. The high point for him during this period was scoring 61 points for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1982-83 and being named to the CHL Second All-Star Team. In August 1983 his rights were transferred to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the compensation for St. Louis signing Jacques Demers as coach. Julien played 14 games with the Nordiques but was soon relegated to the minors where he would play up until 1991-92 before retiring from the game during the off season.

Julien turned to coaching in 1996-97 with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques leading them to the 1997 Memorial Cup title before making professional coaching debut with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs the following year. The Blind River native spent two full seasons with the Bulldogs before he was named the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens early into the 2002-03 season. Mid-way through the 2005-06 season Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey replaced Julien as coach of the team. On June 13, 2006 Claude Julien was named head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Newmarket Flyers ON-Jr.A 45 18 26 44 137
1977-78 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 11 0 5 5 14 2 0 0 0 2
1978-79 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 5 0 2 2 12
1978-79 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 40 6 20 26 69
1979-80 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 68 14 37 51 148 16 5 11 16 23
1980-81 Windsor Spitfires OMJHL 3 1 2 3 21
1980-81 Port Huron Flags IHL 77 15 40 55 153 4 1 1 2 4
1981-82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 70 4 18 22 134 5 1 4 5 0
1982-83 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 76 14 47 61 176 6 3 3 6 16
1983-84 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 5 0 3 3 2
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 57 7 22 29 58 7 0 4 4 6
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 77 6 28 34 97 6 2 4 6 13
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 13 0 1 1 25 +2
1985-86 Fredericton Express AHL 49 3 18 21 74 6 1 4 5 19
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 17 1 6 7 22
1986-87 Paris Francais Volants France 36 15 50 65
1987-88 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 30 6 14 20 22
1987-88 Fredericton Express AHL 35 1 14 15 52 13 1 3 4 30
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 79 8 52 60 72 4 0 2 2 4
1989-90 Halifax Citadels AHL 77 6 37 43 65 4 0 1 1 7
1990-91 Kansas City Blades IHL 54 7 16 23 43
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 48 2 15 17 10 4 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 14 0 1 1 25


CHL Second All-Star Team (1983)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, September 28, 1981. Transferred to Quebec by St. Louis with Gord Donnelly as compensation for St. Louis' signing of Jacques Demers as coach, August 19, 1983.
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