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Don Sweeney is a Canadian former ice hockey defenceman and is the current general manager of the Bruins, a position he has held since May 2015 after replacing Peter Chiarelli. During his playing career, Sweeney played over 1,100 games in the National Hockey League (NHL), mostly with the Boston Bruins. He ranks among the top ten in many Bruins team statistics, including fourth overall in total games played. After retiring from hockey following the 2003–04 season, he worked briefly as a broadcaster before rejoining the Bruins as a team executive in 2006.
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Occupation||General manager, Former ice hockey player|
Donald Clarke Sweeney was born on August 17, 1966 (age 56 years) in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. In high school, he skated for St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He was drafted to the NHL by the Bruins out of high school, 166th overall in the eighth round, but he postponed his NHL career in order to attend college. He decided to attend Harvard University, where he lived in Grays Hall during his freshman year. He played hockey for four years there for the Crimson ice hockey team, where he was named an NCAA East All-American and an ECAC First Team All-Star in 1988.
Don Sweeney made his NHL debut during the 1988–89 season, having spent half of the year with the American Hockey League (AHL)’s Maine Mariners. In the following season, he helped the Bruins in the NHL to win the Prince of Wales Trophy by scoring six points in 21 games until they finally lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Sweeney played in all 84 games in 1992-93 and put up 36 points and ended up winning the Adams Trophy that year. In both the 1994–95 and 1995–96 seasons he was second amongst Boston defenceman with 22 and 28 points, respectively. In 1997–98, Sweeney missed the last 23 games of the season with a fractured shoulder that he suffered on March 1. In the next season, Sweeney achieved 205 hits and 85 blocked shots in 81 games.
In the 1999–2000 season, he had 301 hits and 84 blocked shots, and in the following year he had 172 hits in 72 games and in the 2000–01 season he contributed 18 points in 81 games. In the 2002–03 season, Sweeney scored only eight points in 67 games as his team nestled into third place in the division. On November 14 that year, he also played in his 1,000th NHL game.
He played a total of 15 seasons and 1,051 games for Boston, being one of just four players—and two defencemen—in team history to play in over 1,000 games. Since July 2006, he has ranked third on the Bruins’ all-time games played list, while amongst all-time club defencemen, he ranks tenth in career goals (52), eighth in assists (210) and ninth in points (262).
Don Sweeney ended his playing career in 2003–04 as a member of the Dallas Stars. He retired with NHL totals of 52 goals and 221 assists for 273 points and 681 penalty minutes in 1,115 career regular season games. He added nine goals and ten assists for 19 points with 81 penalty minutes in 108 career playoff games.
Don Sweeney became general manager in 2015 following the firing of Peter Chiarelli as Bruins’ general manager on April 15, 2015. Prior to his appointment, there was speculation surrounding Sweeney’s status within the Bruins front office, as Sweeney’s early May 2015 meeting with Bruins head coach Claude Julien may have been an indication that as well as Julien remaining as the Bruins’ head coach into the 2015–16 season, Sweeney could possibly be in line to become the Bruins’ next general manager. On May 20, the Bruins named Sweeney as the team’s general manager.
On June 26, at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and in his first major move as GM, Sweeney traded restricted free agent defenceman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames in exchange for the Draft’s 15th overall pick (used to select Zachary Senyshyn) and two second-round draft picks. Shortly after, he traded long-time Bruins forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 13th overall pick (used to select Jakub Zbořil), Martin Jones and Colin Miller. Four days later, on June 30, Sweeney then traded Jones to the San Jose Sharks for a first-round pick in 2016 (29th overall, used to select Trent Frederic).
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Don Sweeney guided the Bruins’s return to prominence in the 2018–19 season, winning the Eastern Conference Finals and securing a berth at the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues. Despite losing to the Blues, Sweeney was recognized as the NHL General Manager of the Year Award at the NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jun 19, 2019.
Don Sweeney is happily married to Christine Hough, they had their wedding in 1996. His wife is a former pair skater who partnered with Doug Ladret and won the 1988 Canadian national championship and finished in the top ten at two Winter Olympics, in 1988 and 1992. Don and his wife have children Jarrod Sweeney and Tyler Sweeney. As of February 2023, Don Sweeney and his wife Christine Hough are still married.
Don Sweeney net worth
How much is Don Sweeney worth? Don Sweeney net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a former ice hockey defenseman and general manager. Don Sweeney’s monthly salary and other career earnings are over $500,000 annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and most influential Canadian ice hockey general managers. Don Sweeney stands at an appealing height of 1.78m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.