Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Sweeney
Don Sweeney was drafted out of high school by the Boston Bruins in 1984 but went on to attend Harvard University for four years, while becoming an NCAA East All-American team member in 1988 as well as an ECAC First Team All-Star team member.

He made his NHL debut in the 1988-89 season but split the year with the team's AHL affiliate in Maine. Sweeney saw his first action in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 1990 when the Bruins went all the way to the finals, but the team fell to the mighty Edmonton Oilers. The next season saw the Bruins fight their way to the Conference Finals only to run into the Penguins, who dispatched the Bruins on their way to the championship.

A member of Canada's Gold Medal winning team at the 1997 World Championships, Sweeney entered his 15th season with the Bruins organization in 2002-03 and surpassed 1,000 games played.

Although small in stature for a defenceman, over the years Sweeney has not shied away from the physical aspect of the game while chipping in offensively. The St. Stephen, New Brunswick native entered the 2002-03 season tenth on the Bruins all-time point list.

After 15 seasons in Beantown, Sweeney signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars where he would conclude his NHL playing career. In the summer of 2006, Sweeny would return to Beantown as he was named as the Director of Player Development with the Boston Bruins.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Saint John Beavers NBAHA
1983-84 South St. Paul High School High-MN 22 33 26 59
1984-85 Harvard Crimson ECAC 29 3 7 10 30
1985-86 Harvard Crimson ECAC 31 4 5 9 12
1986-87 Harvard Crimson ECAC 34 7 4 11 22
1987-88 Harvard Crimson ECAC 30 6 23 29 37
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 6 1 3 4 0
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 36 3 5 8 20 -6
1988-89 Maine Mariners AHL 42 8 17 25 24
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 5 8 58 +11 21 1 5 6 18
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 11 0 8 8 8
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 77 8 13 21 67 +2 19 3 0 3 25
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 75 3 11 14 74 -9 15 0 0 0 10
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 84 7 27 34 68 +34 4 0 0 0 4
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 75 6 15 21 50 +29 12 2 1 3 4
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 47 3 19 22 24 +6 5 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 77 4 24 28 42 -4 5 0 2 2 6
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 82 3 23 26 39 -5
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 1 3 4 6
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 59 1 15 16 24 +12
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 81 2 10 12 64 +14 11 3 0 3 6
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 81 1 13 14 48 -14
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 72 2 10 12 26 -1
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 81 3 15 18 35 +22 6 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 67 3 5 8 24 -1 5 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 63 0 11 11 18 +22 5 0 0 0 2
2004-05
NHL Totals 1115 52 221 273 681 108 9 10 19 81


ECAC First All-Star Team (1988)
NCAA East All-American Team (1988)
Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 14, 2003.