For assembling the roster that reached the Stanley Cup Final Boston Bruins executive Don Sweeney was named the NHL's General Manager of the Year at the league's annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
From the NHL's release:
"Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins is the winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among NHL Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sweeney was named on 26 of 41 ballots, the most among all recipients, in accumulating 80 voting points to prevail in a close five-way race. He edged Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues (63 points) and Don Waddell of the Carolina Hurricanes (59 points), part of a group of four candidates separated by just seven points.
Sweeney's Bruins ranked third in the NHL overall standings (49-24-9, 107 points) and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2012-13. The Bruins' organizational depth shone during an injury-plagued season, with the team using 37 players -- the most among all playoff teams. Three players drafted during Sweeney's four-year tenure as GM were key performers this season: forward Jake DeBrusk (14th overall in 2015; 27 goals), defenseman Charlie McAvoy (14th overall in 2016; team-leading 22:10 avg. TOI) and defenseman Brandon Carlo (37th overall in 2015; +22 rating). Sweeney also strengthened the roster near the trade deadline in February, adding forwards Charlie Coyle from Minnesota and Marcus Johansson from New Jersey.
Sweeney, who had served in the Bruins' front office for nine years prior to his promotion to GM in 2015, captured the trophy in his first appearance as an NHL Awards finalist."