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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Julien appreciates Francona reaching out

By Joe McDonald

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien wants to be a member of the fraternity of championship-winning coaches in Boston, joining the likes of Terry Francona, Doc Rivers and Bill Belichick. If the Bruins can beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, Julien will get his wish.

Belichick has been to a few playoff games at the Garden, and Francona called Julien to wish him luck in Game 7.

“[Francona] made that effort to reach out to me and called me and wished me all the luck,” explained Julien. “He said he admired what our team had done this year, and he’s the first guy to say, ‘I’m not the most knowledgeable hockey guy’ and he enjoys what we’ve done so far. Certainly he’s on our bandwagon for sure.”

Francona and the Red Sox are in Tampa playing the Rays, but they’ll be keeping close tabs on the Bruins.

“I am pulling for him," Francona said in a text to ESPNBoston.com.

The feeling among all the pro teams is Boston is mutual.

“I know we’ve been on their [bandwagons],” Julien said. “We just seem to blend well, the Sox and the Bruins for sure. We are all cheering for all our local teams, but [Francona’s] been good. It was nice of him to reach out to me and I certainly appreciate that.

“We’ve seen Bill Belichick at games and it’s not always about talk, it’s about action and he showed up and to me that showed me his support. Doc Rivers is the same way. We’ve ran into each other in the hallway, so I like the way that the coaches in Boston really support each other and certainly I am one of those guys who is in that group.”