This announcement will either please you or worry you. For the most part, Bruins Nation should be pleased. Tomorrow morning the Boston Bruins will be making an announcement at 10:00am tomorrow. There, the President of the Bruins, Cam Neely will be announcing the contract extension of Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli will remain with the Bruins until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Along with Claude Julien, Peter Chiarelli has been one of the great boons for the resurgence of the Bruins as a perennial Cup Contender. In his seven year tenure with the team, he has made outstanding trades for the Bruins organization. (Let’s be honest, for every Joe Corvo trade out there, he’s given us at least two good trades and one more reason to thank Phil Kessel.) Chiarelli will also remain in his role of alternate governor for the Bruins (along with President Cam Neely). He has a proven track record for success in this club, and he’s the biggest reason off the ice why we have that 2011 Stanley Cup Championship banner hanging in the Garden.
Chiarelli’s hockey pedigree is unusual, but it does have a hometown connection. He played hockey at Harvard University from 1983-87, ending his career with the Harvard Crimson as the team captain. For those rating him on the ‘Bergeron scale’, the future Bruins general manager played a total of one hundred and nine games for Harvard, Chiarelli earned forty nine points(twenty one goals). For those checking his record on the ‘Thornton scale’, Chiarelli’s college hockey career ended with seventy minutes of penalties.
Chiarelli has a bachelor’s in Economics from Harvard, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
The Bruins general manager will have a lot on this plate this season. In addition to keeping the Bruins’ course straight and true during the 2013-14 season, Chiarelli will be part of the management unit for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics. (Where Claude Julien will be serving as an assistant coach.)