Bruins Name Don Sweeney New GM
6 weeks after firing former GM and current Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey operations, Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins announced Wednesday that the team will name Don Sweeney the 8th GM in Bruins franchise history.
“I am both excited and humbled for the opportunity to be named the general manager of the Boston Bruins,” said Sweeney in a statement released by the team. “I would like to thank the entire Jacobs’ family and specifically Mr. Jacobs and Charlie, as well as, Cam for bestowing the confidence and trust in me to direct this historic franchise in which I have been a part of for 24 years. My family and friends have been extremely supportive throughout the General Manager search process and I certainly want to acknowledge them today to show my heartfelt appreciation. I am fully aware of everyone’s expectations to move the organization forward. The challenges ahead rests with the players, the coaches and the management group to work hard to make the necessary changes to bring the Bruins back to the forefront of contending for the Stanley Cup.”
Sweeney, 48, is entering his 10th season in the Bruins front office, where he served as assistant GM under Chiarelli for the past 6 seasons. Sweeney joined the Bruins front office in 2006 as the teams Director of Player Development then moved to Director of Hockey Operations in 2007, followed by being promoted to assistant GM in 2009.
“Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire,” said team CEO Charlie Jacobs. Jacobs went on to say “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”
”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.”
Sweeney played 15 seasons and tallied over 1,000 games for the Bruins he still ranks third on the team’s all-time games played list. He also ranks in the top ten of the club’s all-time lists in career goals, assists and points by a defenseman.
The team will introduce Sweeney during a press conference today at 1:30 pm.
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