The Montreal Canadiens likely will be without head coach Claude Julien for the remainder of their series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Julien was transported to a Toronto-area hospital Wednesday night with chest pain, the team announced Thursday. Kirk Muller, an associate coach with the Canadiens, has been named interim head coach for the time being.
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.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed that the diagnosis is not related to the coronavirus, according to The Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports).
Montreal won its qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins to move on to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs largely due to Carey Price's performance in goal.
Julien was hired by the Canadiens in 2017 after the team parted ways with Michel Therrien, who was with the club from 2000-03 and again from 2012-17.
The Canadiens lost Game 1 to the Flyers 2-1 on Wednesday and will play Game 2 on Friday.