Bob Sweeney is the only Acton Boxboro hockey player to have his sweater retired to the rafters. A high school phenom at AB, little did we all know that Bob's high school forays into the Boston Garden would be commonplace in the future. As a four year standout at AB, the talented center iceman rounded out his high school career by leading eastern Massachusetts in scoring in the 1981-1982 season with 90 points. Trading his Blue and Gold for the Maroon and Gold of Boston College, in his four year collegiate career, Bob scored 78 goals and 74 assists. Selected as the Bean Pot M.V.P. in 1983, this distinction was dwarfed by his selection to the All-American Hockey Team in 1985.
Without the Sweeney magic, Boston College would not have entered into a four year string of NCAA Tournament bids. As an earlier draft choice of the home-town Boston Bruins from 1986 to 1992 Bob amassed 64 goals and 103 assists. Traded to the Buffalo Sabres in the fall of 1992, Bob had a solid 48 point season and played an integral role in upsetting the Bruins in the 1993 playoffs. Every pro leaves his moniker on the game. When you think of Sweeney, you think of game winning goals and short-handed brilliance. With no fanfare, Bob has given his time, his name and his allegiance to the AB hockey program. It is rare in today's cut-throat world of professional sports to find a person who does not seek to gain but to help. Bob and his bride Angelila now live in East Amherst, New York