Don Sweeney is in his second season as the Bruins General Manager, as he was named to that position on May 20, 2015. He oversees all aspects of the team's hockey operations and he also serves the club as an Alternate Governor on the NHL's Board of Governors.
He is the eighth man to hold that position, is the fourth who also played for the team (joining Hap Emms, Milt Schmidt and Mike O'Connell) and is the first former Boston draft pick to rise to that post.
Sweeney's ascension to the head of the club's hockey operations continues his long legacy with the club, as he began as the team's eighth pick, 166th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and moved through the organization as a player for 15 seasons and in various front office capacities for nine years prior to assuming his current position.
He began his front office career in June, 2006, when he was named the team's Director of Player Development. He assumed the role of Director of Hockey Operations in July, 2007 and held that position for two years until he was elevated to Assistant General Manager in 2009.
Over his six seasons as the team's Assistant General Manager, Sweeney oversaw the development of the team's drafted prospects at the AHL, junior hockey, college and European levels in addition to having a supervisory role in the day-to-day operations of the hockey department. He also oversaw all hockey operations matters for Boston's AHL affiliate in Providence.
He conceived, organized and ran the team's first off-season Development Camp in July, 2007, bringing the club's top prospects to Boston in advance of the main September training camp. Development camp gives the prospects the opportunity to get to know each other on and off the ice while teaching them the level of dedication and training necessary for them to reach the next stage of their careers. The Bruins' Development Camp is now an annual event, with the tenth such camp taking place in July, 2016.
Drafted by the Bruins as their eighth pick, 166th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Sweeney went on to play four seasons of college hockey at Harvard University. He earned both NCAA East All-American and ECAC First Team All-Star honors with the Crimson and played in the 1986 NCAA Finals before graduating with a degree in Economics.
The defenseman played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League, including 15 in a Bruins uniform. He is one of four players, and just the second defenseman, in team history to play over 1,000 games in a Boston sweater and 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 list in career assists by a defenseman. He played his final NHL season with the Dallas Stars in 2003-04.
Sweeney and his wife Christine have twin sons, Jarrod and Tyler.