The Boston Bruins ended any doubt about the status of its head coach by announcing Claude Julien will return next season.

“I believe in Claude as a coach,” general manager Don Sweeney told reporters Thursday during an end-of-season news conference at TD Garden in Boston.

Julien has been Boston’s coach for the past nine seasons. The Bruins made the playoffs in each of his first seven years – including winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and playing the Cup finals in 2013 – before failing to make the playoffs the past two seasons.

“I want to be here. I want to bring this team back to where we once had it. I know we had some bumps along the way,” Julien told reporters.

Julien has a 393-223-88 regular-season record with the Bruins and a 57-40 mark in the playoffs. He became the franchise’s winningest coach in March. Julien previously coached the Montreal Canadeins and New Jersey Devils.

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