Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien has been hospitalized in Toronto with chest pains, and is expected to miss the rest of the series with the Philadelphia Flyers.
General manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement. Julien felt chest pains last night after game one of the series, that the Canadiens lost 2-1. Team doctors agreed to transfer him to hospital. It is not COVID-19 related, according to Bergevin.
Marc Bergevin annonce que l'entraîneur-chef Claude Julien est hospitalisé pour des douleurs à la poitrine. Kirk Muller assurera l'intérim.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 13, 2020
Marc Bergevin announces that head coach Claude Julien has been hospitalized with chest pain. Kirk Muller will serve as interim head coach.
Associate coach Kirk Muller will now become the acting head coach and will continue to work with Luke Richardson, and Dominique Ducharme. Muller was previously the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2011-2014. Richardson and Ducharme also have head coaching experience.
Bergevin’s full statement can be read here.
If Julien gets a clean bill of health, he will need to quarantine before being able to join the NHL’s bubble as he went to the hospital.
Bergevin says that he received positive news from Dr. David Mulder.
Marc Bergevin is saying that he received some good news on Claude Julien’s health earlier this afternoon @CanadiensMTL— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) August 13, 2020
Shea Weber says that the Canadiens will rally around their coach.
#Habs Weber says there was shock and concern about Julien’s health, and that this will be added motivation for the team, wanting to rally around their head coach.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) August 13, 2020