Don Sweeney or "Sweens" enters his 15th professional season as a member of the Boston Bruins professional
hockey team in the United States. He has the longest current
length of service with the team. Last season he finished fourth overall in the NHL in hits with
301 and played his 800th NHL game with over 200 career points. During the 1997-98 season he
suffered a fractured shoulder which snapped his 211 consecutive game streak.
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Don was born August 17, 1966 and raised in the New Brunswick/Maine border town of
St. Stephen. Don followed his older brother Mike down to an Ivy League school on a sports
scholarship. Mike was a standout at Brown University in baseball, and made it as high as
Triple A in the New York Yankees chain.
Don was a top defenseman for four years at Harvard University and helped lead the Crimson to the
NCAA finals in 1986 where they bowed to Michigan State. He was named an NCAA East All-American
in 1987-88 in addition to earning First Team ECAC All-Star honors. Internationally, Don won
a Gold medal with Team Canada at the 1997 World Championships.
Don completed his studies at Harvard, earning his degree in economics in 1988 but had been
aquired as Boston's 8th pick, 166th overall in the 1984 Amateur Draft. Don is credited
as one of the faster skaters in the National Hockey League, and his wife Christine is a former professional
skater with "Stars on Ice". They have twin sons Jarrod and Tyler. He is also an excellent
golfer and currently resides in Lynnfield, Mass.
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