May 30, 2006

Former Crimson Captain Peter Chiarelli ’87 Named Bruins General Manager

Former Crimson Captain Peter Chiarelli '87 Named Bruins General Manager

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Former Harvard hockey captain Peter Chiarelli '87 has been named general manager of the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins, team owner Jeremy M. Jacobs announced Tuesday.

Chiarelli has signed a four-year contract, terms of which were not released, to head the club's hockey operations department. He becomes just the seventh general manager in the team's 82-year history. He will be introduced at a press conference Wednesday at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The native of Ottawa, Ontario played four seasons at Harvard, serving as the program's 91st captain as a senior. He had 21 goals and 28 assists for 49 points with 70 penalty minutes in 109 career college games and earned his degree in economics in 1987. Chiarelli captained the Crimson to a 28-6 record, ECAC regular-season and tournament championships and an appearance in the NCAA semifinals in 1986-87.

Chiarelli, 41, comes to the Bruins after seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators, five as the director of legal relations and the last two as assistant general manager. He has been involved in all aspects of that team's hockey operations, including contract research and negotiations, salary arbitration and all player personnel matters. He was also involved in overseeing Ottawa's top developmental affiliate, the Binghamtom Senators of the American Hockey League. The Senators had four 100+ point seasons during his tenure and never finished below 94 points. They finished with the NHL's top record in 2002-03 (113 points) and the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2005-06 (113 points).

Chiarelli played professionally in Europe for one year before returning to school and obtaining his law degree from the University of Ottawa. He was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1993 and spent six years as a lawyer and player agent prior to joining the Senators front office in 1999.

This is the latest connection of Harvard hockey and the local NHL team. Head coach Ted Donato '91 spent much of his 13-year NHL career with the Bruins, and former coach Ralph "Cooney" Weiland was a legendary player and coach of the Bruins before leading the Crimson for two decades. Seven Crimson players have gone on to play for the Bruins, including Don Sweeney '88, Chiarelli's teammate at Harvard.