He spent 15 seasons playing for the Boston Bruins, the last 10 working in their front office. Don Sweeney will continue his affiliation with team after being named General Manager.Team President Cam Neely made the announcement this morning in a press release 33 days after the search began following the firing of Peter Chiarelli. ”Don has excelled in every role he has been in with the Bruins organization and has a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of our hockey operations department," said Neely. "His commitment and drive to bring a championship caliber team to the Boston fans was evident every step of the way through this search process, and I am confident that his leadership of our hockey operations department will lead to success."

One of the first orders of business for Sweeney is to determine the status of head coach Claude Julien. At the press conference to announce Chiarelli's firing, Neely and CEO Charlie Jacobs said his future with the team would be decided once a new GM was named.

Sweeney becomes just the 8th general manager in the organizations history. “I am both excited and humbled for the opportunity to be named the General Manager of the Boston Bruins,” said Sweeney. “I would like to thank the entire Jacobs’ family and specifically Mr. Jacobs and Charlie, as well as, Cam for bestowing the confidence and trust in me to direct this historic franchise in which I have been a part of for 24 years.