Stanley Cup’s Crimson Connections

Three Harvard alumni played front-office roles in building the Boston Bruins team that won ice hockey's 2011 Stanley Cup.

The Bruins' Don Sweeney '88 hoists the Stanley Cup.

The Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League celebrated on the ice in Vancouver, Canada, on June 15 when they won the seventh game of the finals over the Vancouver Canucks and so captured ice hockey's coveted Stanley Cup. The Bruins had not won the Cup since 1972. Three Harvard alumni, all ice hockey players themselves, were in the Bruins' front office and helped build the championship team. General manager Peter Chiarelli ’87 hired Bruins head coach Claude Julien in 2007 and has shaped the roster for more than five years with signings and trades. Assistant general manager Don Sweeney ’88 and director of collegiate scouting John Weisbrod ’91, both of whom have also logged five years with the Bruins, worked alongside Chiarelli in the team's front office to construct the squad that now owns the bragging rights on ice.

You might also like

The Roman Empire’s Cosmopolitan Frontier

Genetic analysis reveals a culture enriched from both sides of the Danube.

Tobacco Smoke and Tuberculosis

Harvard researchers illuminate a longstanding epidemiological connection. 

Discourse and Discipline

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences broaches two tough topics.

Most popular

All but the Art

After a multiyear renovation, Harvard Art Museums make ready for a November reopening.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Fall travel to New England’s seacoast offers art, history, biking, and great restaurants

Unleashing Harvard’s Art Museums

Harvard’s Art Museums reopen, poised to fulfill their pedagogical purpose.

More to explore

Illustration of a box containing a laid-off fossil fuel worker's office belongings

Preparing for the Energy Transition

Expect massive job losses in industries associated with fossil fuels. The time to get ready is now.

Apollonia Poilâne standing in front of rows of fresh-baked loaves at her family's flagship bakery

Her Bread and Butter

A third-generation French baker on legacy loaves and the "magic" of baking

Illustration that plays on the grade A+ and the term Ai

AI in the Academy

Generative AI can enhance teaching and learning but augurs a shift to oral forms of student assessment.