|Cam Neely and Jeremy Jacobs |
Neely will be the eighth president in Bruins history and his duties will require him to oversee all hockey and business operations.
"The role of the President is a special position," said Jeremy Jacobs at today's press conference. "The President has the responsibility for carrying the torch of the team and I can't think of anybody better to pass that torch to than Cam Neely."
Charlie Jacobs echoed his father's remarks.
"Today is a very special day for our organization," he said. "I feel genuinely happy about how things and events have turned for us as an organization and I see it as another step in our evolution towards developing a championship team here in Boston.
"I can speak with great candor [about] Cam, as he's a good friend of mine. We interact on nearly a daily basis with anything from hockey operations to business operations.
"I expect Cam to succeed beyond our wildest expectations and frankly that is our hopes and dreams for him in appointing him the President of the Bruins."
As a player, Neely earned four NHL second team all-star berths in Boston, led the Bruins in goals for seven seasons and in points twice and he still ranks fifth overall on the club's all-time goal ledger (344) and ninth overall on the team's all-time scoring list (590).
"Everybody that knows me, knows that I hate losing more than I like winning, so this is something that I'm excited about. I'm excited about the challenge and the opportunity that lies ahead and I think as an organization we're going to make everybody very proud to be a fan of the Boston Bruins." - Cam Neely,
Boston Bruins President
He is the club's all-time leader in playoff goals (55) and ranks seventh overall in team history with 87 career playoff points.
Neely's successful career as a player lead the Bruins to retired his number 8 on January 12, 2004. He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 and rejoined the team as a vice president in September of 2007.
"I want to think Mr. Jacobs, Charlie and the Jacobs family for this huge honor," said Neely. "I am very proud to be the next President of the Boston Bruins.
"As you all know I have a huge passion for this organization, being a player, being in this city for 24 years now. A lot of great things have happened to me in the month of June. One of them was getting traded here, and now being named President. I am excited about the direction this team is going, although I can tell you right now everybody up here is very disappointed with the way the season ended."
"We know that there are a lot of strides to be made," continued Neely. "But I think that this off-season is going to be a really good off-season for us. We have a great draft coming up that we're all very excited about. I look at our hockey operations department as a team, and I think we have a great team in place."
Neely made it clear that he is ready to help lead the B's to the Stanley Cup championship -- their first since 1972.
"There are a lot of things we want to accomplish," said Neely. "First and foremost is winning the Stanley Cup and I can tell you without question that our ownership is strongly committed to bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston.
"In the three years that I've been here, and the position that I've been in, it was very clear to me that winning is very important.
"Everybody that knows me, knows that I hate losing more than I like winning, so this is something that I'm excited about. I'm excited about the challenge and the opportunity that lies ahead and I think as an organization we're going to make everybody very proud to be a fan of the Boston Bruins."By John Bishop and Abigail Seaver