Sweeney Swoops In...
By John Bishop
|John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
You can count Black & Gold legend John 'Chief' Bucyk amongst those happy to see Bob Sweeney working for the Bruins again.
"I've known him for quite a few years, from when he ran the alumni and as a player," said Bucyk. "He's done a good job running the Boston Bruins Alumni over the last five seasons and his experience with all the different charities and youth groups while with the Alumni Association will definitely help him in his new job with the Foundation."
And it never hurts to have another old Boston Bruin in the building.
"I think a lot of people respect the former Bruins," said Chief. "And I think the communication for him will be a lot easier because he knows a lot of people from the Alumni Association."
Bucyk, no stranger to charitable causes, whole-heartedly supports the ongoing efforts of the Boston Bruins Foundation and to boot, Chief still suits up for the Boston Bruins Alumni squad.
"I think it's great," said Bucyk. "It think it is important that we give something back to the community and the Bruins have done a good job of that."
John, like many former B's, certainly knows a little about charity -- he was a driving force behind the Bruins Alumni and those teams have earned over $1 million for area causes.
In his statement about the hire, Boston Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs shared similar sentiments to Bucyk.
"Bob has been a great supporter of the Foundation since its inception, and we are very happy that he now has a more formal role," said Jacobs. "I am confident that he will be able to leverage his many relationships in the Boston community and with the Bruins Alumni to take Foundation to new heights."
No stranger to B's fans, Sweeney, a 43 year-old Concord, Massachusetts native has served as the President of the Boston Bruins Alumni Association since the 2002-2003 season and played 10 seasons in the NHL - six of which for the Boston Bruins.
And prior to coming to the Bruins, Bob was a fixture on Garden ice during the Beanpot, as Sweeney played four seasons for Boston College. Over 138 games with the Eagles, he amassed a 78-74-152 line and was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2003.
Since hanging up his skates in 2001, Sweeney has been involved in a number of charitable endeavors, including his fund raising efforts on behalf of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Fund.
In his new capacity with the Boston Bruins Foundation, Bob will now direct a non-profit foundation charged with assisting charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children in our community.
Since being founded by the Jacobs family in 2003, the Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through a series of fundraising events like the Boston Bruins Wives' Carnival and the Annual Charity Auction.