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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Bruins hire Sweeney to head player development

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BOSTON -- Don Sweeney played in more than 1,000 games for the Boston Bruins. Now he will try to help them as an executive.

The team named Sweeney as their director of player development, interim general manager Jeff Gorton announced on Wednesday.

Sweeney, 39, was a teammate of incoming Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli at Harvard University. Chiarelli has spent the past seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators, including the last two as assistant GM, and will take over the Bruins after the NHL draft Saturday.

Sweeney played in 1,052 games in 15 years with the Bruins and was a member of the 1989-90 team that reached the Stanley Cup finals. He ranks third on the club's list for games played and recorded 52 goals and 210 assists with Boston. Sweeney ended his playing career with the Dallas Stars in 2003-04.

This past season, Sweeney was a studio analyst for Bruins games on New England Sports Network.