"If you are going to write the description of a power forward, you just put down Cam Neely. You don't need to put anything else." -Former Bruins Captain Wayne Cashman.
That quote sums up what many sports fans think about Cam Neely the former Canadian hockey player who is now the President of the Boston Bruins hockey team. The very same team he played on for 10 years until injuries forced him into retirement. He helped the Bruins achieve some of the greatness they had during the 1970s when another great Canadian hockey player Bobby Orr was playing for the team. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005. Like Orr; Cam Neely has had his jersey # retired. In June 2011, Cam Neely came full circle when his Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. It was his birthday and the 25th anniversary of his trade to the Bruins.
Cam Neely was born in Commix, British Columbia on June 6, 1965. He grew up playing hockey and was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks. After playing 3 years for the Canucks he was traded to the Boston Bruins on his 21st birthday. The Bruins coaching staff gave neely a chance to play more and the results paid off. In the first year with the Bruins he led the club in goals. Not only was Cam Neely a good shot, he wasn’t afraid to get physical - thus earning himself the nickname Bam-Bam Cam. It became clear that \
Vancouver didn’t make as good of a trade as they thought. Even though Cam Neely had knee injuries that kept him on the bench for many games – he still managed to have a remarkable scoring average. Although they lost, Neely helped the Bruins go to the Stanley Cup finals in both 1987 and 1988.
With knee injuries impacting Neely’s ability to play, he decided to retire in 1996 at the age of 31. During his career he racked up a total of 694 goals (395 goals and 299 assists) He is one of only 5 other Bruins with a 50 goal season. He won the Bill Masterson Trophy in...