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By: Jason Cooke | Follow me on Twitter / X @cookejournalism

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney received some well-deserved recognition on Friday morning. Hockey Canada appointed Sweeney to a pair of management roles in two upcoming Team Canada events, including general manager for the 2025 National Hockey League 4 Nations Face-Off and assistant general manager for the 2026 Olympic team.

“His tremendous work ethic and the success he’s had building a competitive roster on a consistent basis make him a great selection for Team Canada in both events,” President Cam Neely said in a press release on Friday. “Don is very deserving of this recognition, and I know he will represent our organization well.”

The 2025 NHL 4 Nations Face-Off, a tournament featuring players from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Sweden, will be new to the NHL next season. The Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli announced Friday morning that Boston and Montreal will host the event from February 12-20, 2025. The 2026 Olympic Games will occur from February 6-22, 2026, in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. These are two exciting events for fans and the NHL alike, as the 4 Nations Face-Off will mimic the entertaining World Cup of Hockey (2016), while NHL players will return to the Olympics for the first time since 2014.

There was no better choice than Sweeney to represent Canada on a management level for both of these events, who is leading the Bruins to their eighth-straight appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sweeney–particularly in the last few seasons–has been a mastermind at the organization’s helm, putting the Bruins in playoff contention when many outsiders expected subpar seasons. Most recently, he executed a successful dive into the bargain bin last summer, bringing in the likes of Morgan Geekie and Danton Heinen, among others, to reload the Bruins for yet another shot at a title.