Don Sweeney

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Don Sweeney
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Born (1966-08-17) August 17, 1966 (age 49)
St. Stephen, NB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Maine Mariners
Boston Bruins
Dallas Stars
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 166th overall, 1984
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1988–2004

Donald Clarke Sweeney (born August 17, 1966) is a Canadian former ice hockey defenceman who played over 1,100 games in the National Hockey League (NHL), most with the Boston Bruins. He ranks among the top ten in many Bruins team statistics, including third overall in total games played. After retiring from hockey following the 2003–04 season, he worked briefly as a broadcaster before rejoining the Bruins as a team executive in 2006. He is currently the general manager of the Bruins, a position he has held since May 2015 after replacing Peter Chiarelli.

Playing career[edit]

A defenceman, Sweeney grew up in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He was drafted to the NHL by the Bruins, 166th overall in the eighth round, out of St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Before joining the Bruins, he played for four years at Harvard University for the Crimson ice hockey team, where he was named an NCAA East All-American and an ECAC First Team All-Star in 1988.

Sweeney made his NHL debut during the 1988–89 season, having spent half of the year with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Maine Mariners. In the following season, he helped the Bruins in the NHL to win the Prince of Wales Trophy by scoring six points in 21 games until they finally lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In 1992–93, Sweeney played in all 84 games and put up 36 points and ended up winning the Adams Trophy that year. In both the 1994–95, 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons,[when?] he was second amongst Boston defenceman with 22 and 28 points, respectively. In 1997–98, Sweeney missed the last 23 games of the season with a fractured shoulder that he suffered on March 1. In the next season, Sweeney achieved 205 hits and 85 blocked shots in 81 games. In the 1999–2000 season, he had 301 hits and 84 blocked shots, and in the following year he had 172 hits in 72 games and in 2000–01 season he contributed 18 points in 81 games. In the 2002–03 season, Sweeney scored only eight points in 67 games as his team nestled into third place in the division. On November 14 that year, he also played in his 1,000th NHL game.

Sweeney played a total of 15 seasons and 1,051 games for Boston, being one of just four players—and two defencemen—in team history to play in over 1,000 games.

Since July 2006, he has ranked third on the Bruins' all-time games played list, while amongst all-time club defencemen, he ranks tenth in career goals (52), eighth in assists (210) and ninth in points (262).

Sweeney ended his playing career in 2003–04 as a member of the Dallas Stars. He retired with NHL totals of 52 goals and 221 assists for 273 points and 681 penalty minutes in 1,115 career regular season games. He added nine goals and ten assists for 19 points with 81 penalty minutes in 108 career playoff games.

Post-playing career[edit]

Sweeney took a job in 2005 as assistant dean of admissions at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and was also a studio analyst for Bruins' games on New England Sports Network (NESN). He was a colour commentator for college hockey games on NESN and CBS College Sports Network.[citation needed]

On June 21, 2006, Sweeney rejoined the Boston Bruins as the team's director of player development, responsible for the scouting of professional league players as well as for tracking the progress of the team's drafted prospects at the AHL, junior and college levels. On July 14, 2007, he was promoted to director of hockey operations and player development,[citation needed] while in July 2010, he was promoted to assistant general manager.[citation needed] In 2011, his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup after the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years over the Vancouver Canucks in the Finals.[citation needed]

Following the firing of Peter Chiarelli as Bruins general manager on April 15, 2015,[1] speculation had surrounded Sweeney's status within the Bruins front office, as Sweeney's early May 2015 meeting with Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien may have been an indication that as well as Julien remaining as the Bruins' head coach into the 2015–16 season, Sweeney could possibly been in line to become the Bruins' next GM.[2] Indeed, on May 20, the Bruins named Sweeney as the team's general manager.[3]

On June 26, at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and in his first major move as Bruins GM, Sweeney traded restricted free agent defenceman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames in exchange for the Draft's 15th overall pick (used to select Zachary Senyshyn) and two second-round draft picks. Shortly after, he traded long-time Bruins forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 13th overall pick (Jakub Zbořil), Martin Jones and Colin Miller. Four days later, on June 30, Sweeney then traded Jones to the San Jose Sharks for a first-round pick in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Sweeney and his wife, former figure skater Christine Hough, have twin sons, Jarrod and Tyler.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1987–88
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1987–88


  1. ^ "Bruins Fire General Manager Peter Chiarelli". CBS Boston. April 15, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Harris, Stephen (May 9, 2015). "Sweeney-Julien meeting suggests Bruins coach staying". Boston Herald. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bruins Name Don Sweeney General Manager". Boston Bruins. May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 

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