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Cassidy took the interim head coach label and ran with it in 2016-17, piling up an 18-8-1 record in place of the dismissed Claude Julien. Under his leadership, the Bruins entered the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in three years before losing in the first round after a tough series against the Ottawa Senators.
The 51-year-old Cassidy, a native of Ottawa, compiled a 207-128-45 overall record in 380 games, including winning seasons in all five years and postseason berths in each of his final four seasons at the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence.
"But I thought that kind of brought a true realization that we needed to be better and was a big wake-up call for everybody. It's where I started and where I got the opportunity to play in the NHL", Pastrnak said. Afterward, players expressed their hope that Cassidy would return. I think the guys in this room would echo that same message and hopefully it does happen.More news: Syrian Kurds seek US-led coalition air cover
Most recently, he spent a lengthy stint as head coach of the AHL's Providence Bruins before moving up to Boston this past year, but his position behind the Bruins bench isn't his first in the National Hockey League.
Cassidy also coached the Washington Capitals for parts of two seasons from 2002-04.