Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Cam Neely
Born in Comox, British Columbia June 6, 1965, Cam Neely forged the prototype for power forwards during his abbreviated thirteen-season NHL career.

As a rookie with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League, Neely scored 56 goals and 120 points in 1982-83. That spring, with Portland entered as the host team, the Winter Hawks collected the Memorial Cup as junior champions. Cam recorded a hat-trick, including the winning goal, in the tournament's championship game.

After a sensational junior career, Cam was selected by the Vancouver Canucks ninth overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut that fall and played three seasons in Vancouver. In his second season as a Canuck, Cam exhibited the promise expected of him when he scored twenty-one times. But his career found a new gear when he got the opportunity to play for the Boston Bruins after a June 1986 trade sent Neely and Vancouver's first round draft pick in 1987 to Boston for Barry Pederson.

Increased ice time allowed the 6'1", 215 pound winger to explode offensively. In 1986-87, he tallied 36 times, followed by seasons with 42, 37, 55 and 51 goals. Injuries reduced Cam's season to just nine games in 1991-92 and 13 the next season. Returning to play in 1993-94 after the two injury-riddled seasons, Neely proved that he hadn't lost his ability to score, collecting 50 goal in just 49 games (second fastest in NHL history) and earning Cam the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication. In spite of nagging injuries, in the ten seasons Neely played for the Bruins, he still led the team in scoring seven times, including three campaigns with fifty or more goals.

In both 1987-88 and 1989-90, the Neely-led Bruins reached the Stanley Cup final, facing the powerful Edmonton Oilers on both occasions. Although Edmonton won both finals, Neely was superb in leading Boston to their finest moments since the Orr-led Bruins of the early 1970's.

Injuries finally took their toll and Cam Neely announced his retirement on September 5, 1996 at the age of 31. Through 726 regular season games, Cam Neely collected 694 points — 395 goals and 299 assists — 395 goals and 299 assists — and was selected to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1994. Cam also recorded 57 goals and 32 assists for 89 points in 93 playoff contests and is the Boston Bruins' all-time leading goal scorer with 55 tallies.

On January 12, 2004, the Boston Bruins honoured Cam by retiring his number 8. That honour put Neely in some very elite company. Other Bruins so honoured are Eddie Shore (#2), Lionel Hitchman (#3), Bobby Orr (#4), Dit Clapper (#5), Phil Esposito (#7), Johnny Bucyk (#9), Milt Schmidt (#15), Terry O'Reilly (#24) and Ray Bourque (#77).

Cam Neely is considered the pre-eminent power forward of his era. It was talent and dogged determination that set the competitor above his peers and earned Neely a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Ridge Meadows Lightning Minor-BC 64 73 68 141 134
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 56 64 120 130 14 9 11 20 17
1982-83 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 4 5 4 9 6
1983-84 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 19 8 18 26 29
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 56 16 15 31 57 0 4 2 0 2 2
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 21 18 39 137 -26
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 14 20 34 126 -30 3 0 0 0 6
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 75 36 36 72 143 +23 4 5 1 6 8
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 69 42 27 69 175 +30 23 9 8 17 51
1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL 74 37 38 75 190 +14 10 7 2 9 8
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 76 55 37 92 117 +10 21 12 16 28 51
1990-91 Boston Bruins NHL 69 51 40 91 98 +26 19 16 4 20 36
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 9 9 3 12 16 +9
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 13 11 7 18 25 +4 4 4 1 5 4
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 49 50 24 74 54 +12
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 42 27 14 41 72 +7 5 2 0 2 2
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 49 26 20 46 31 +3
NHL Totals 726 395 299 694 1241 93 57 32 89 168


NHL Second All-Star Team (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994)
Bill Masterton Trophy (1994) Lester Patrick Trophy (2010) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996)
Traded to Boston by Vancouver with Vancouver's 1st round choice (Glen Wesley) in 1987 Entry Draft for Barry Pederson, June 6, 1986.
Missed majority of 1991-92 due to thigh (October 15, 1991) and knee (January, 1992) injuries.
Missed majority of 1992-93 due to knee surgery, September 17, 1992.