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Cassidy, Pandolfo named Bruins assistant coaches

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Boston have hired Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo to work as assistant coaches alongside Claude Julien next season.

The Bruins announced the change Tuesday, with Cassidy and Pandolfo joining former Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco and Bob Essensa as Julien’s deputies on the bench.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney also announced that assistant coach Doug Jarvis will not be returning to the team next season, while Doug Houda recently left the organization to take up an assistant coaching post with the Detroit Red Wings.

Cassidy has just completed his fifth season as the head coach of the American Hockey League Providence Bruins, having previously served as an assistant coach with the AHL outfit.

The 50-year-old was head coach of the Washington Capitals from 2002 to 2004, securing a postseason berth during his first season behind the bench. He also worked as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2005/06 season.

Former Devils, Islanders and Bruins forward Pandolfo moves down to the bench from the front office, where he served as Director of Player Development last season. He originally joined the Bruins as a player development coach following his retirement in 2014, bringing to a close a 15-year career during which he won two Stanley Cups and an NCAA Championship with the Boston University Terriers.

In other changes among the club’s staff, Paul Whissel has been taken on as the Bruins Director of Sports Performance and Rehab. Whissel has previously worked with the NFL Buffalo Bills, Boston University Hockey team and University of Texas Basketball.

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