Bruins have a vested interest in Super Bowl XLIX
They may be coaching different sports, but Claude Julien and Bill Belichick have a lot in common.
The two longest tenured coaches in Boston are used to winning. In his eight years behind the Bruins bench, Julien guided the team back to notoriety with eight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, four division titles (three in the Northeast, one in the Atlantic), two Eastern Conference championships and, most importantly, Lord’s Stanley Cup in 2011.
Belichick’s track record with the New England Patriots is beyond impressive, however. “The Hoodie” took a once bottom feeding franchise in 2000 and has made it into a perennial Super Bowl contender. In his 15 years, he has guided the Pats to 12 AFC East championships, six conference championships and three Super Bowl titles.
So, it’s no surprise that Julien would reach out to Belichick prior to the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX showdown with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. In fact, he’s been in frequent touch with “The Hoodie.”
“We’ve reached out lots cine [the] playoffs. I think I’m his best friend right now, if you want to believe that,” Julien said with a laugh after Saturday’s morning skate. “No, but we’ve been texting back and forth. I’ve been looking forward to the game tomorrow.
“Whether people like him or not, I’m a big fan of his. I like his approach, I like the way he coaches, how he prepares his teams and stuff like that. What he is publicly and he is personally is a little different, so I enjoy exchanging with him.”
Julien’s team had its mind focused on the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night – a 3-1 victory for the Black and Gold. But they’ve also been paying attention to their local football franchise during this run.
During warmups, each of the 20 Bruins’ skaters sported a Patriots hat with the saying “do your job” etched in the red, white and blue winter headwear. It was a sign of things to come for the Black and Gold in a physical, yet entertaining contest with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Bruins, again, wore those hats during their postgame media sessions. But only one member shared his analysis for Super Bowl XLIX.
“I hope that it’s going to be a good game,” said Milan Lucic, who picked the Pats to win 28-21 with Rob Gronkowski being named the Super Bowl MVP.
“It’s the two top teams of each conference in the Super Bowl. “The Legion of Boom” there [in Seattle] is going strong there from the last 5-6 weeks of the season and right into the playoffs, so I think it’s going to be a challenge for the Patriots. “As far as the Patriots go, I think they’re healthy and that’s a big asset for them. But, you know, obviously I think they’re going to pull it out and bring a fourth Super Bowl in New England.
After practice on Friday, Julien opened his press conference with Bruins reporters with another light hearted moment.
“I’m here so I won’t get fined,” Julien said while channeling his inner Marshawn Lynch.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Bruins don’t have to worry about getting fined by skipping media obligations, hear about Deflate Gate or any other hype surrounding Super Bowl XLIX. They’ll just sit back, relax and root on their local football team as they attempt to hoist their fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy.
After Super Bowl XLIX, the Black and Gold look to “do their job” and continue their second half climb up the Eastern Conference standings.