Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pain

Ross Houston
August 14, 2020

He's presently there and he's under tests to determine exactly the nature of his condition.

Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien experienced chest pains Wednesday night, was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital and is expected to be out the remainder of his team's first-round playoff series. He did a video conference with reporters after Wednesday night's game and appeared to be fine.

Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over at the controls in the immediate term.

Julien, 60, is under observation at a local hospital for what's being reported as an issue not related to COVID-19.

Bergevin says he is optimistic Julien will be OK, especially after getting good news from a doctor Thursday afternoon.

"He's in good hands at the hospital here in Toronto".

"We don't expect him to be back during this series against the Flyers", Bergevin said about Julien. "Out of respect for Claude and his family I will not answer any further questions about his medical condition".

The Habs are down 0-1 in their playoff series with the Flyers. "I spoke to him briefly this morning as well and we're hoping for the best for him". I had a call very early this morning with [Canadiens team doctor] Dr. David Mulder, and obviously I wasn't able to get back to sleep after that. With our series against Pittsburgh and again yesterday [against the Flyers], I really believe this team is prepared.

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