Vegas Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy lifting the Stanley Cup
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Bruce Cassidy Chooses Violence And Roasts His Former Team Ahead Of His Return To Boston

Published February 29, 2024 at 5:06 PM

Despite his unexpected departure as Bruins head coach nearly 21 months ago, Bruce Cassidy still holds a deep affection for the spoked-B and the city of Boston.

Growing up as a dedicated Bruins fan in Ottawa, Cassidy spent a total of 14 seasons with the Original Six franchise, including a notable six-year stint as head coach that included a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

Cassidy Roasts His Former Team As He Returns To Boston

While the sting of his exit from Boston remains, Cassidy finds solace in the championship ring he now proudly wears.

«I think last year there was the unknown, didn't know what would happen — you come back in here, you get let go,» Cassidy said Thursday of his expectations whenever he returns to Causeway Street. «You don't know if you're gonna get booed out of the building or [get] a nice hand.

«So anyway, we got that over with. It's nice to come back with a big, nice shiny ring on your finger too — always a good visit with that.»

Following a significant coaching shakeup in 2022, both the Bruins and Golden Knights saw success under their new leadership. With Jim Montgomery at the helm, the Bruins set records with 65 wins and 135 points, earning another Presidents' Trophy. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights, under Cassidy's guidance, rebounded from a playoff miss to secure the most points in the Western Conference and return to the postseason.

Though it seemed like a Hollywood script was in the making with a potential Stanley Cup Final showdown between the Bruins and their former coach, reality diverged from expectations, particularly with the Bruins' early playoff exit.

While Cassidy cherishes his time with the Bruins, he's proud of the championship he helped bring to Vegas. Despite facing challenges like injuries to key players, the Golden Knights remain contenders this season.

«Well, I wanted to win one here, trust me — more than anybody,» Cassidy said of hoisting the Cup with Boston. «Didn't work out. So that's our ultimate goal. I think every coach wants to win. So it's just a nice feeling to be able to get it accomplished. It didn't happen here, but it happened [in Vegas]. So again, very proud of that.»

Reflecting on the Bruins strong performance this season, Cassidy isn't surprised, noting the team's core players and consistent performance year after year.

Overall, Cassidy remains grateful for his time in Boston and the opportunity to bring success to both the Bruins and the Golden Knights.
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