The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.
The Bruins announced an interim general manager will not be named at this time and the search for a new hire will be led by chief executive officer Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely.
“We are grateful for Peter’s service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons,” Neely said in a statement. “His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new general manager will begin immediately.”
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs issued a statement as well, saying, “Peter Chiarelli has done a tremendous job for the Boston Bruins over the last nine seasons. During that time I have come to know and like him, both professionally and personally. This decision was not an easy one for Cam and Charlie but, ultimately, the right one for this organization. They have my full support in this decision. I know Peter will move on and continue to do great things in the league, and I would give him my highest recommendation.”
Chiarelli was named the seventh GM in club history on May 26, 2006.
Chiarelli’s record as general manager was 386-233-85, with his teams topping the 100-point plateau on four occasions and qualifying for the playoffs seven straight years from 2008 to 2014. His regular-season record includes the third and fourth best seasons in club history, with a 116-point campaign in 2008-09 and the 2013-14 season’s 117-point mark with the 54 wins.
Boston (41-27-14) was eliminated from the Eastern Conference’s last wild card on Saturday.
Chiarelli earned a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, a President’s Trophy in 2013-14 and a Cup final appearance in 2013.
Chiarelli also served as an assistant general manager and won a gold medal for Team Canada during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
The Bruins also announced that amateur scouts Mike Chiarelli and Denis Leblanc and European head scout Jukka Holtari were relieved of their duties.
Mike Chiarelli, who is the brother of the former general manager, spent seven seasons with the Bruins based out of Ottawa and was responsible for scouting prospects in Ontario.
Leblanc, based out of Quebec, spent the previous eight seasons in the Bruins’ organization. Holtari, responsible for scouting efforts in Europe, was based in Finland and spent eight seasons with the organization.