Bruins name Don Sweeney to the position of Director of Player Development
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The Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney to the position of Director of Player Development, it was announced today by Bruins Interim General Manager Jeff Gorton.
Sweeney’s responsibilities will include tracking the progress of all prospects in the Bruins’ system at the AHL, junior hockey and college levels, scouting of professional leagues and other duties in support of the team’s Hockey Operations department.
“Don's background as a player makes him well suited to this position," said Gorton. "He knows what it takes to have success in this league, as speed and consistency were his hallmarks as a player. The work ethic he displayed at every practice and every game allowed him to get the most out of his ability over a long career and he will serve as a great guide for our prospects as they progress in their development.”
Sweeney, 39, was drafted by the Bruins out of high school as their eighth pick, 166th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play four seasons of college hockey at Harvard University, including three as a teammate of incoming Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, and earned both NCAA East All-American and ECAC First Team All-Star honors with the Crimson. He helped lead Harvard to the 1986 NCAA Finals, where they bowed to Michigan State.
He turned professional in 1988 after earning his degree in Economics and split his first two professional seasons between Boston and their AHL affiliate in Maine. He played 15 seasons and 1,052 games in a Bruins uniform, as he is one of just four players (two defensemen) in team history to play in over 1,000 games, and he was a member of the 1989-90 Bruins team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
He still ranks third on the team’s all-time games played list and among all-time club defensemen, he ranks tenth in career goals, eighth in assists and ninth in points with 52-210=262 career Boston totals.
Sweeney concluded his NHL playing career in 2003-04 with the Dallas Stars. He retired with 52 goals and 221 assists for 273 points and 681 penalty minutes in 1,115 career regular season games and added nine goals and ten assists for 19 points with 81 penalty minutes in 108 career playoff contests.
He served the last year as an Assistant Dean of Admissions at Phillips Academy Andover and was also a studio analyst for Bruins games on New England Sports Network (NESN).
He and his wife Christine have twin sons, Jarrod and Tyler.