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Charlie Jacobs was asked why the Bruins kept Cam Neely and Don Sweeney over Bruce Cassidy

"Until further notice, that’s the way this works."

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Charlie Jacobs spoke at the press conference that introduced the Bruin’s new head coach, Jim Montgomery. Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe

The Red Sox lost to the Rays 10-5 on Monday. Brayan Bello allowed five runs in four innings while striking out five.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox face the Rays again at 7:10 p.m.

Also from Monday, the Celtics ended up winning a wild Summer League game against the Bucks 111-109 thanks to Matt Ryan’s improbable buzzer-beater.

Bruins ownership weighs in: In the Monday introduction of new Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery, reporters got a chance to ask questions to both Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Delaware North CEO Charlie Jacobs for the first time since 2019.

Among the questions raised was why the team made the decision to make a coaching change (having recently fired Bruce Cassidy) but didn’t make a change at either team president or general manager. Both Cam Neely (the Bruin’s president) and Don Sweeney (Boston’s general manager) remain in their roles.


“I want to say the Boston Bruins have been to the Stanley Cup Finals three times in the past eleven years under Cam Neely’s tenure. I want to say we have somewhere around a .600-plus win percentage under our general manager’s tenure,” Charlie Jacobs said in response. “The head coach frankly is the responsibility of the general manager, in our opinion. He has to be accountable for that.

“Likewise, the president is accountable to the general manager,” Jacobs continued. “So, if they come to us and say, ‘Hey listen, we think this might be in the best interest,’ we’re of course going to follow their lead. They’re empowered to make those decisions and it’s not our job to interfere with them but rather to empower them to make those types of decisions and support them.”

Adding to his support of Neely and Sweeney, Jacobs noted that the league custom is for ownership to defer to management in its team-level decisions.

“I think by in large, if you were to speak to a majority of management in the National Hockey League, there’s a time where they have to make a decision that might not necessarily be collaborative or consultative,” he explained. “But something that they have to make is in the best interest of the club. It’s our job to support them in that process.”


“This is Don’s decision and it’s Cam’s responsibility to support Don,” Jacobs concluded. “I would say it works that way in arguably the other 31 markets in the National Hockey League. If they want to make a change, we’re here to support them and do so. Until further notice, that’s the way this works.”

Trivia: What team did the Bruins acquire Cam Neely from in a 1986 trade?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: It was the same team Boston defeated to win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

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