Bruins Daily is a NHL credentialed media organization that is dedicated to being the leading provider of Boston Bruins news, analysis, and commentary, by focusing exclusively on the Boston organization. “I brought the wrong skates,” Neely said. “Thank God it was only one lap.”, “As a long-time friend and lifetime Bruins’ fan,” said Michael J. It worked even better for Bruins’ nation.

24 was retired. He rewrote Bruins’ records, while embodying the quintessential definition of power forward. Copyright 2018 - Bruins Daily. Only four other Bruins -- Bucyk, Esposito, Rick Middleton, and teammate Ray Bourque -- scored more goals than Neely and none scored more in the playoffs. mused Neely, after his numeral was affixed between Phil Esposito's 7 and John Bucyk's 9.

7 and Johnny Bucyk’s No. 7 p.m. Red Sox v. Royals (HD). It was a tribute to both of them, said Neely, whose abundant charity work for cancer patients and their families is done in their memory. “The Bruin fan base is the foundation of the Foundation,” Neely said. A degenerating hip and knee injury initiated from a check on May 5, 1991, by Pittsburgh’s Ulf Samuelsson in Game 3 of the Cup semifinals required major rehab. That was why Neely loved performing in Boston, he said. . Fox, “I remarked when he was concerned about being traded: ‘What, are you nuts?

"That was the hardest, most emotional part," he said. "I was honored that nobody has worn the number," he said. His commitment extends well beyond a sheet of ice. "I said, what are you, nuts? He made me understand the meaning of commitment. It wasn't the banging alone that got him up among the immortals, though. I miss that part of my life – getting a couple of penalties and no hand-cuffs.”. In 1988, Neely scored the Division series-clinching goal, ending a 45-year playoff drought against Montreal.

His 55 playoff goals remain a Bruins’ record; his 87 playoff points in 86 games gets Neely into seventh place. In turn, the hip injury caused knee woes. Last night, Neely wore it one last time for one last spin around the ice. “To be able to contribute year in and year out.”. Paulina Neely was born in 1838, at birth place, North Carolina, to Arthur Neely and Isabella Neely. Neely and Bourque would lead the Bruins into the Cup Finals that year, and again in 1990 versus Edmonton. 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. Not many people know that my mother’s maiden name is Cameron. © Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company. Both came up short for that first Cup parade on Causeway Street since 1972. In his final two seasons, Neely totaled 91 games and a remarkable 53 goals. 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. All my friends were on separate teams. 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. Now, eight years after Cam Neely hung up his skates, a part of him never will. The name on the banner read Cameron M. Neely -- his mother's maiden name next to his father's. "I certainly looked," Cam Neely recalled. Banging bodies, Neely confessed, was what he missed most. It was all about playing at a level that I was happy with. "When the place got crankin', it was like no other place.". 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.

he said. 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’s one of the highest if not the highest honors an athlete can receive from an organization. “It was a pleasure to play hockey for you,” Neely told the crowd just before hoisting his number between Phil Esposito’s No. 5:30 p.m. Friday Night Fenway (HD) For Neely, his comrades said, it was always about the team. BOSTON – The Boston Bruins lifted Cameron M. Neely’s No. 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. Here he was again slamming unfortunate rivals, many of them Canadiens, into the dasher, or whaling away at them with both fists. Mike and Marlene's pugnacious son came here 18 years ago and never left. "I was just trying to keep it together.". “It’s extremely special,” Neely said, flanked before the ceremony by his wife, Paulina, daughter Ava, and son Jack. “At least that I came to work every night to play hard. Only Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Maurice Richard had a better goals-per-game playoff average than Neely’s .617. ", When his battered body could take no more by 1996, Neely could barely bring himself to say goodbye. 8’s punishing presence was a rolling stone on blades exceeding all expectations. Anyone who'd watched him knew his number was one for the rafters. He said, ‘Harry likes you in 8.’”, “I said, ‘Okay, happy to be here.’ Eight worked good for me.”. Please wait a few minutes before you try again. Bruins Daily provides written content, studio produced video, and on location video, all with a unique voice that fans can relate to. 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? “When I was traded to Boston,” the Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, native said: “No. ", When he got word, on his 21st birthday, that he'd been traded by the Canucks to Boston, Neely wasn't so sure. "A few times not by choice -- when I was on my rear end.".

From the day Neely pulled on the black-and-gold sweater and made his first headlong dash up ice, he was a favorite of the club's blue-collar fandom, who loved his hard nose and his soft hands. And Neely loved playing inside the raucous vertical cockpit that made the blood rise in him. “I think the fans liked the way I played the game,” Neely said. It is considered one of the greatest feats in Bruin and NHL lore, given that from ’91-’93 Neely played but 22 total games. 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. "It was nice to be able to do that legally for a few years," he said. 5 p.m. Boston Globe SportsPlus (HD)

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His biggest thrill was ending Montreal's 45-year hex in the 1988 playoffs, when Neely scored two goals in the clincher.

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