Boston Bruins: Don Sweeney Becomes New General Manager


After a lengthy decision-making process, the Boston Bruins have finally decided on a replacement for former General Manager Peter Chiarelli.

The Bruins officially named Don Sweeney General Manager Wednesday morning, the team announced via their website. In his new role, Sweeney will be in charge of all aspects of hockey operations.

In being promoted from Assistant General Manager, Sweeney becomes the 8th GM is Bruins’ team history. He is entering his 10th season as a member of the front office and spent the last six years serving as the Assistant GM to Chiarelli.

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“Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire,” said CEO Charlie Jacobs. “He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out.”

The Bruins were reportedly considering former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero and New York Rangers Assistant GM Jeff Gorton in addition to Sweeney. Sweeney ultimately proved to be the obvious choice for the job given his extensive experience and understanding of Bruins hockey operations.

Prior to becoming Assistant GM, Sweeney served as the team’s Director of Player Development and Director of Hockey Operations. In 2014, Sweeney also served as the General Manager of the Providence Bruins.

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”Don has excelled in every role he has been in with the Bruins organization and has a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of our hockey operations department,” said team President Cam Neely. “His commitment and drive to bring a championship caliber team to the Boston fans was evident every step of the way through this search process, and I am confident that his leadership of our hockey operations department will lead to success.”

In addition to his front office portfolio of work, Sweeney played 15 seasons as a defenseman for the Bruins from 1989-2003. He played his college hockey locally at the University of Harvard.

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