BOSTON, MA -
Boston Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs announced Tuesday that Bruins legend Cam Neely has joined the front office as Vice President of the Boston Bruins. In this capacity, Neely will advise General Manager Peter Chiarelli on the hockey operations of the Bruins, as well as counsel Jacobs on club matters.
One of the most revered players in Bruins history, Neely appeared in 525 regular season games with Boston, totaling 344 goals, 246 assists and 921 penalty minutes in ten seasons. He ranks fourth on the club’s all-time goal scoring list and ninth overall in the team’s scoring history. Neely is the club’s all-time leading playoff goal scorer with 55 and ranks seventh on the playoff points list with 87 points in 86 career postseason games.
Known for his punishing style of play and offensive production on the ice, Neely led the Bruins in goals scored for seven seasons. In 1989-90, he became just the fifth Bruin in team history to score 50+ goals as he set a club record by a right wing with 55. He followed that with 51 goals in 1990-91 and became just the second in team history to record consecutive 50-goal seasons (Phil Esposito). He again reached the 50-goal plateau during the 1993-94 season and trails only Esposito (five) as the Bruin who has recorded the most 50-goal seasons.
Neely has had a tremendous impact off the ice as well. He and his brothers and sisters established the Neely Foundation, opened The Neely House, and launched the Neely Cancer Fund which collectively provide housing and support for the families of patients undergoing cancer treatments and fund treatment and research efforts. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has raised over $16 million from donations of all sizes, impacted thousands of families and continues to design, fund, and complete projects with immediate and tangible results.
Originally drafted ninth overall by Vancouver in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Neely was acquired by the Bruins on June 6, 1986 with Vancouver’s first round pick in 1986 (Glen Wesley) in exchange for Barry Pederson. Injuries forced his retirement in September of 1996.
On January 12, 2004, the Boston Bruins honored Neely by retiring his number 8 in a pre-game ceremony at the TD Banknorth Garden. On November 7, 2005 Neely became the 50th Bruin inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.