Cam Neely is in his seventh season as President of the Bruins, as on June 16, 2010 he became just the eighth man to hold that position in the history of the franchise.
He oversees all of the club's hockey and business operations and his goal from the start has been that the Bruins be at the forefront of setting industry standards in all areas of operation.
A prime example of that mandate came with the club's July, 2014 announcement of a letter of intent for a long-term lease in a new hockey rink in the Boston Landing development in Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood. That project, on which ground was broken in March of 2015, was completed over the summer and the Bruins opened their 2016 training camp in the Warrior Ice Arena, a new practice facility which includes approximately 25,000 square feet of dedicated locker room, training and office space.
Neely assumed his current position in his fourth season in the team's front office, as he returned to the organization in September, 2007 as a Vice President. He also serves as an Alternate Governor of the club. It was under his leadership that the Bruins were honored as the Sports Business Journal's 2012 Sports Team of the Year based on the criteria of "excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes".
No player ever wore a Bruins sweater with more pride than Neely and no one was prouder than he while watching the 2010-11 Bruins squad develop the belief in themselves and each other en route to the Stanley Cup championship. The competitive instinct that fueled him, as a player has not left him as an executive and his goal for the organization remains to return the Cup to Boston.
A 1983 first round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, Neely came to Boston on his 21st birthday in a June, 1986 trade. His potent blend of offensive talent and a punishing physical presence quickly endeared him to Bruins fans and he became one of the most revered players in team history. He earned four NHL Second-Team All-Star berths in Boston, led the team in goals for seven seasons and in points twice and he still ranks fifth overall on the club's all-time goal list and ninth overall on the team's all-time scoring list. He is the club's all-time leader in playoff goals and ranks seventh overall in team history with 87 career playoff points.
He became just the fifth Bruin in team history to record a 50-goal season when he set a club record for goals by a right wing with 55 in 1989-90 and he was just the second player in team history to record consecutive 50-goal campaigns when he followed that with 51 tallies in 1990-91. His 50 goals in only 44 games in 1993-94 tied as the second-fastest such feat in NHL history and was all the more remarkable because he had missed most of the previous season with thigh and knee injuries. The 1993-94 winner of the Bill Masterton Trophy was forced into retirement by those injuries in September, 1996.
The Bruins retired his number 8 on January 12, 2004 ceremonies and he was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005. He was honored with the league's Lester Patrick Award in 2010 for his "outstanding service to hockey in the United States". He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His impact on the city of Boston was not confined to the ice, as he has long been actively involved in many charitable efforts. Along with his brother and sisters, he established the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care in 1995 in memory of his parents, Mike and Marlene. In addition to the Neely House, which provides housing and support for families of patients undergoing cancer treatments, the Foundation supports the Neely Cancer Fund, whose initiatives include the Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, the Neely Cell Therapy and Collection Center and the Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in its mission to fund treatment and research efforts.
Neely and his wife Paulina have two children.