2009 Recipient: Bob Sweeney, former Boston Bruin

Bob Sweeney was drafted out of Acton-Boxborough High by the Boston Bruins in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. Bob went on to play four very successful years at Boston College where he gained All-New England and All-East honors and was named Most Valuable Player in the 1983 Beanpot Tournament. In 2003 he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.

Upon graduation Bob made his debut with the Boston Bruins for the 1986-87 season. During his six seasons with Boston they went to the Stanley Cup Finals twice (1987-88, 1989-90). Sweeney went on to play with the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames before spending the 1996-97 season with the Quebec Rafales in the IHL. In 1997 he went oversees to play in the German Elite League until 2001 when he retired from play.

Who could have predicted that the paths of Bob’s and Ace’s families would cross on that terrible day of September 11, 2001? Bob’s brother Mike lost his wife, the brave Amy Madeline Sweeney, a flight attendant who perished on American Flight 11 after calling AA flight services to apprise them of what was occurring on the plane.

Since that time Bob has been active in the Amy Madeline Sweeney Foundation. In 2002 he became President of the Boston Bruins Alumni Association where he served until May 2007 when he was named Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Bob gives a great deal of his spare time to youth hockey and to assisting charities. He is coach and mentor to the North Andover Youth Hockey Association, helping to teach young players how to succeed both on and off the ice. He is currently active in organizing a Massachusetts “Cross-Ice” Tournament for kids six to seven years of age. Bob has been a wonderful friend to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation from its inception and has seldom missed appearing at our events. Add to all these activities his kind, sincere, unfailing and generous personality and you have without doubt a truly outstanding “Good Guy.”