BOSTON — The Boston Bruins now have two assistant general managers under GM Peter Chiarelli, as Don Sweeney — who was formerly the Director of Player Development and Hockey Operations — was promoted to the assistant GM title today.
Jim Benning maintains his title as an assistant GM.
This is Sweeney’s fourth season in the Bruins’ front office. He retired as a player after the 2003-04 campaign. From his days as a developing player with the Maine Mariners to his lengthy playing career with the Bruins and his time working as the head of the Bruins’ player development party, a lot of different things have influenced Sweeney on his way to this lofty post.
“All those experiences certainly helped it. I’ll reference my year in Dallas (2003-04) as well – rooming with a younger player and realizing that was a little bit more of a development role,” he said before the Bruins’ preseason finale against Columbus at TD Garden. “My career was winding down at the point, so when I had the opportunity to go down to Providence and work with our younger guys and at our development camp, I can draw from those experiences having gone through it, having made that drive down 95.”