The Montreal Canadiens are getting ready for the playoffs which includes the coaching staff.
Yesterday Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic released a report which included some quotes from some of the older coaches in the league who could be labeled as "high risk" because of their age.
One of those coaches is Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien who spoke to LeBrun.
“No doubt you’re thinking of the different options you may have, whether it’s wearing a mask, to what extent you are going to deal with your team and players (meaning distancing),” Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, who turned 60 in April, said via text message this week. “I know it may be a challenge behind the bench more than anywhere else but my thinking is that I need to be ready to adjust and have options when that time comes depending on where we are at with COVID and our hockey circumstance.
“That also means pulling myself out if I feel a real danger,” Julien added. “My family and life are more important than my job at that point.’’
Those words were really snowballed across social media and the Canadiens wanted to clear things up.
On Friday the Canadiens announced that Julien "firmly intends to be behind the Canadiens' bench when the playoffs begin".
Canadiens say Claude Julien "firmly intends to be behind the Canadiens bench when the playoffs begin" in reaction to @PierreVLeBrun's piece yesterday, noting he is monitoring it but has confidence in NHL to provide a safe environment. Here is that piece: https://t.co/aF44k6K0Rk
— ?rpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 25, 2020