Statement by Marc Bergevin concerning Claude Julien

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TORONTO – Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that head coach Claude Julien experienced chest pain overnight Wednesday and was taken to a Toronto hospital for further testing.Read Bergevin’s statement regarding Julien’s condition below.


“Hello. I am here to inform you of the reason why Claude Julien was not here this morning at practice. Claude felt chest pain during the night. We immediately consulted our doctors and it was agreed to transfer him to the hospital by ambulance. He is presently there and undergoing tests to determine the exact nature of his condition, it has nothing to do with COVID.

We don’t expect him to be back in this series against the Flyers. Church [Muller], Dominique [Ducharme]et Luke [Richardson] will share the responsibility, however, Kirk is the associate head coach and he will assume the head coach responsibility until Claude returns.

We understand that Kirk does not speak French, but these are exceptional circumstances and we ask for your understanding. Out of respect for Claude and his family, I will not answer any further questions about his state of health. “



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