Patient Peter Chiarelli architect of Bruins' success

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, seen here visiting the University of Ottawa with the...

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, seen here visiting the University of Ottawa with the Stanley Cup in 2011 has been patient in building his team into a perennial contender. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

One of Peter Chiarelli’s best assets is patience.

And when the Boston Bruins general manager looks for a defining moment in his seven-year tenure, he doesn’t go back much further than May, 2010 when he had to decide whether he believed in this group or it was time to send people packing.

That spring the Bruins became only the third team in NHL history to allow a team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. The Philadelphia Flyers rewrote history by winning the Round 2 series 4-3 after a miraculous recovery.

It was then Chiarelli had to determine which way to turn and he chose to ignore the noise and keep the roster intact. The result was a Stanley Cup title in 2011 and as the final gets under way Wednesday in Chicago, the Bruins are back with pretty much the same group.

That wouldn’t be the case if Chiarelli wasn’t patient.


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