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Don Sweeney
Don Sweeney
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Born (1966-08-17) August 17, 1966 (age 51)
St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada
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
NHL
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), mostly 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.

Early life

Sweeney grew up in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. In high school, he skated for St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire.[1] He was drafted to the NHL by the Bruins out of high school, 166th overall in the eighth round, but he postponed his NHL career in order to attend college. 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.[2]

Professional playing career

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

Following the firing of Peter Chiarelli as Bruins general manager on April 15, 2015,[3] 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.[4] Indeed, on May 20, the Bruins named Sweeney as the team's general manager.[5]

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 Zbo?il), 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. (29th Overall, Trent Frederic)

Personal life

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

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983-84 St. Paul's School ISL 22 33 26 59 -- -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 Harvard University ECAC 29 3 7 10 30 -- -- -- -- --
1985-86 Harvard University ECAC 31 4 5 9 12 -- -- -- -- --
1986-87 Harvard University ECAC 34 7 4 11 22 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 Harvard University ECAC 30 6 23 29 37 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL -- -- -- -- -- 6 1 3 4 0
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 36 3 5 8 20 -- -- -- -- --
1988-89 Maine Mariners AHL 42 8 17 25 24 -- -- -- -- --
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 5 8 58 21 1 5 6 18
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 11 0 8 8 8 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 77 8 13 21 67 19 3 0 3 25
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 75 3 11 14 74 15 0 0 0 10
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 84 7 27 34 68 4 0 0 0 4
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 75 6 15 21 50 12 2 1 3 4
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 47 3 19 22 24 5 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 77 4 24 28 42 5 0 2 2 6
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 82 3 23 26 39 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 59 1 15 16 24 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 81 2 10 12 64 11 3 0 3 6
1999-2000 Boston Bruins NHL 81 1 13 14 48 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 72 2 10 12 26 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 81 3 15 18 35 6 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 67 3 5 8 24 5 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 63 0 11 11 18 5 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 1115 52 221 273 681 108 9 10 19 81

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Canada WC 11 1 3 4 6

See also

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ Shinzawa, Fluto (May 20, 2015). "Bruins name Don Sweeney general manager". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ "12 Things to Know About Don Sweeney". CBS Boston. May 21, 2015. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ "Bruins Fire General Manager Peter Chiarelli". boston.cbslocal.com. CBS Boston. April 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Harris, Stephen (May 9, 2015). "Sweeney-Julien meeting suggests Bruins coach staying". www.bostonherald.com/. Boston Herald. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bruins Name Don Sweeney General Manager". bruins.nhl.com. Boston Bruins. May 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013. 

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