My parents (Marlene and Mike) did a wonderful job raising four kids – and they’re watching.”, “When you come back for that one night, and they raise your number,” Ray Bourque said, playing with Neely all 10 years, “it means you did pretty well.”. The final stats read 395 goals and 299 assists for 694 points with an Bobby Orr-like plus-140. “The Bruin fan base is the foundation of the Foundation,” Neely said. “To be able to contribute year in and year out.”.
"He played for the spoked-B on the front," Don Sweeney, his longtime roommate, said last night by way of Jumbotron video. Fox, “I remarked when he was concerned about being traded: ‘What, are you nuts? Put postseason play into the picture, and some numbers exceed many NHL greats. “At least that I came to work every night to play hard. Complete coverage is provided through all of the latest NHL/AHL news, updates, scores, injuries, transactions and fan events. “When I was traded to Boston,” the Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, native said: “No.
That was why Neely loved performing in Boston, he said. he said. A stroll down the corridor, a lap around the rink to a rousing ovation, and several minutes of vintage Neely footage to thunderous applause would bring typical Cam Neely humor. "Not the name on the back. "Playing in the Garden, with everybody right on top of you . As the president of the Bruins, Cam Neely continues that contribution, while his No. For the next decade, No. "To be one of 10 guys up there . “I never thought about having my number retired. He fought back tears during his retirement announcement and choked on the words "permanent disability.". This week’s Throwback Thursday is Part Two in a Three-Part series that is edited for Bruins Daily from previous NHL.com articles: the retiring of Bruins’ President Cam Neely’s No.
mused Neely, after his numeral was affixed between Phil Esposito's 7 and John Bucyk's 9. I was thrilled that it was going (to be retired like that) with my mother’s maiden name and the family name together like that. Next Thursday in Part Three, we’ll throw it back to that other memorable night on October 24, 2002, when Terry O’Reilly’s No. In 1988, Neely scored the Division series-clinching goal, ending a 45-year playoff drought against Montreal. "I don't know what I could get that would match this for a personal honor.". 24 was retired. “I brought the wrong skates,” Neely said. Neely, brothers Scott and Shaun, along with sister Christine, established the Cam Neely Fund for Cancer Care in memory of both parents, Marlene and Mike, who succumbed to cancer. For a moment, after captain Joe Thornton tossed Neely his old jersey in the dressing room before last night's game with the Sabres, it seemed as if he'd have a chance to pick up the one assist he needed to reach 300. 8 to the [Fleet Center] ceiling last night, a fitting gesture for the power forward who lifted the Bruins for a decade between 1986-’96. In turn, the hip injury caused knee woes. "That was the hardest, most emotional part," he said. “I think the fans liked the way I played the game,” Neely said. In his final two seasons, Neely totaled 91 games and a remarkable 53 goals. "As a Bruin," he told the crowd, "it's good to be home. His three 50-goal seasons are asterisked with the milestone in ’93-’94 when Neely lit it up 50 times in 44 games; only Wayne Gretzky had done it quicker. The consummate lunch-pail player with gourmet stats over his decade of penultimate play, Neely left the table too soon. Banging bodies, Neely confessed, was what he missed most. How short is the Bruins’ Stanley Cup window. 8’s punishing presence was a rolling stone on blades exceeding all expectations. “It’s extremely special,” Neely said, flanked before the ceremony by his wife, Paulina, daughter Ava, and son Jack. It worked even better for Bruins’ nation.
The mission of the Neely Fund and Neely House is: “Providing comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families.”, “[Cam] had a vision for a home within a hospital,” Tufts’ representative Tom O’Donnell said last night. Neely capped off that first season with a 36-36-72 total and the prestigious local 7th Player Award voted by Bruin fans to the player who most exceeds their expectations. And Neely loved playing inside the raucous vertical cockpit that made the blood rise in him. The M’s etched in the glass above the entrance to The Neely House are our mother and father’s initials for their names Marlene and Michael. Not many people know that my mother’s maiden name is Cameron. Let the record show that over those thirteen NHL seasons from that first ’83-’84 campaign in Vancouver to his 21st birthday when he arrived in Boston in 1986 to a tear-filled retirement announcement on September 5, 1996 due to recurring hip and knee injuries, Neely emptied his lunch pail every one of his 726 games. “Thank God it was only one lap.”, “As a long-time friend and lifetime Bruins’ fan,” said Michael J. "I was just trying to keep it together.". It wasn't the banging alone that got him up among the immortals, though. Except maybe one last shift with the Broons, and one last shot at nemesis Ulf Samuelsson, whose nasty hit in the 1991 playoffs led to Neely's premature retirement with a chronic hip injury five years later at 31. “It’s one of the highest if not the highest honors an athlete can receive from an organization. 7 and Johnny Bucyk’s No. 4 of 5 records View all I miss that part of my life – getting a couple of penalties and no hand-cuffs.”. Because April was when the real season began. When (the old Boston Garden) got cranking, there was no other place like it. Neely was right in the middle of the renaissance of the late '80s, when Boston became a hockey town again. By John Powers, Globe Staff | January 13, 2004, How many times, during his decade spent on Causeway Street, had he peered up at the retired numbers hanging from the Garden rafters? "I said, what are you, nuts? Then GM Harry Sinden swiped the rugged winger from Vancouver in 1986, along with the Canucks’ first pick that year (later became Glen Wesley), for Barry Pederson. “It was a pleasure to play hockey for you,” Neely told the crowd just before hoisting his number between Phil Esposito’s No. Part way into the season, I wanted to quit. Bruins Daily provides written content, studio produced video, and on location video, all with a unique voice that fans can relate to. I would rather you honor your commitment.’ Thank God I didn’t quit. ", When he got word, on his 21st birthday, that he'd been traded by the Canucks to Boston, Neely wasn't so sure. My dad said, ‘If you want to quit, that’s something you’ll have to live with. Now, eight years after Cam Neely hung up his skates, a part of him never will. "A few times not by choice -- when I was on my rear end.". Neely and Bourque would lead the Bruins into the Cup Finals that year, and again in 1990 versus Edmonton. Only four other Bruins -- Bucyk, Esposito, Rick Middleton, and teammate Ray Bourque -- scored more goals than Neely and none scored more in the playoffs. He made me understand the meaning of commitment. The best team, the best city, the best fans. Anyone who'd watched him knew his number was one for the rafters. Hollywood superstars, former players, Bruins’ brass and adoring fans got the [building] cranking when Joe Thornton presented Neely with his jersey in the locker room – all shown at center ice. 8. “I was a 15-year-old hockey player, and I felt completely out of place,” Neely said about those roots. His biggest disappointment, he said, was losing two Stanley Cup finals to Edmonton. “It’s all about giving back,” an emotional Neely said a few days before the retirement ceremony at a partnership event with Tufts New England Medical Center for the Neely Foundation and Neely House.
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