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Bruins renew coaching staff

The Providence Bruins announced on Wednesday that head coach Scott Gordon and assistant coach Rob Murray have received two-year contract extensions. Gordon enters his sixth season with the Bruins, third full season as head coach, while Murray will start his third season behind the bench as Gordon’s assistant.

“Scott and Rob represent everything that the Boston Bruins and the Providence Bruins stand for,” said team co-president Jeff Fear. “We are excited to know that they will be leading our team over the next two seasons.”

Gordon, 42, became the franchise’s eighth head coach in the summer of 2003. Last year he led the Bruins to the Eastern Conference Finals after finishing the regular season in fourth place in the Atlantic Division (40-30-3-7, 90 points). The Easton, Mass., native joined the Providence Bruins in the summer of 2000 as head coach Bill Armstrong’s assistant. Gordon remained in that position until March 19, 2003 when he was named interim head coach following Mike Sullivan‘s promotion to Boston.

Murray, 38, was announced as the Bruins’ assistant coach in the summer of 2003, after retiring from his 16-year playing career. The native of Toronto spent most of his playing career in the AHL, including parts of eight seasons with the division rival Springfield Falcons. He is one of only six players in league history to appear in 1,000 AHL games, while ranking second in AHL history with 2,940 penalty minutes.