The Boston Bruins have named Peter Chiarelli to the position of General Manager, it was announced today by Bruins Owner Jeremy M. Jacobs. Chiarelli has signed a four-year contract, terms of which were not released, to head the club's hockey operations department. He becomes just the seventh General Manager in the team's 82-year history.
He will be introduced to the Boston fans and media at a press conference on Wednesday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. at TD Banknorth Garden. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, President Harry Sinden, Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs and General Manager Peter Chiarelli will be available at that time.
"Peter Chiarelli is the right man to guide this team," said Jeremy Jacobs. "Charlie [Jacobs, Bruins Executive Vice President], Harry [Sinden, Bruins President] and I went through this process in a very thorough and methodical manner. We considered and talked to many qualified candidates, looking for someone with knowledge of today's game and its players, a forward thinker with ideas, someone who has worked in the new financial landscape of the NHL and a person who has gained the respect of his peers."
"Our fans can be very excited about Peter heading our hockey operations," added Charlie Jacobs. "He has a great passion for and knowledge of the game and he is very respectful of the great hockey tradition in this city with an Original Six franchise. He made clear throughout the interview process that he joins with us in a commitment to bring a championship to this city and our fans. "
"Peter is impressive with his thorough understanding of what it takes to build a team," said Sinden. "He has played at a high level, he understands the business from both sides of the desk having been a player agent for several years and he helped develop the Ottawa franchise into a consistently winning team."
"I would like to thank the Boston Bruins and the Jacobs family for this opportunity," said Chiarelli. "I know from my college days the passion that the fans in this area have for hockey and the Bruins and I share that excitement. The Bruins have an exciting core of talent to build around and I am looking forward to getting started on that process as soon as possible."
Chiarelli (pronounced shuh-RELL-ee), 41, comes to the Bruins after seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators, five as the Director of Legal Relations and the last two as Assistant General Manager. He has been involved in all aspects of that team's hockey operations, including contract research and negotiations, salary arbitration and all player personnel matters. He was also involved in overseeing Ottawa's top developmental affiliate, the Binghamtom Senators of the American Hockey League. The Senators had four 100+ point seasons during his tenure and never finished below 94 points, finished with the League's top record in 2002-03 (113 points) and the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2005-06 (113 points).
The native of Ottawa, Ontario played four seasons of college hockey at Harvard University where he served the team as captain and was a teammate of former Bruin Don Sweeney. He had 21 goals and 28 assists for 49 points with 70 penalty minutes in 109 career college games and earned his degree in Economics in 1987. He played professionally in Europe for one year before returning to school and obtaining his law degree from the University of Ottawa. He was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1993 and spent six years as a lawyer and player agent prior to joining the Senators front office in 1999.
Chiarelli and his wife Alicia have two children, daughter Talia and son Cameron.