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Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6--Cam Neely

Todays birthday post brought to you by

Cam Neely

Selected in first round by Vancouver Canucks, number 9 overall in the 1983 NHL 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 6, 1986 trade sent Neely and Vancouver's first round draft pick(Glen Wesley) in 1987 to Boston for Barry Pederson. Cam Neely forged the prototype for power forwards during his abbreviated thirteen-season NHL career.
On January 12th, 2004, the Boston Bruins bestowed their highest honor on Neely, retiring his jersey number 8 high to the rafters, never to be worn again. It was a fitting tribute, as Neely truly ranks with the Bruins all time greats like Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Raymond Bourque.
It was talent and dogged determination that set the competitor above his peers and earned Neely a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame, class of 2005.
On September 25, 2007, Neely was appointed Vice President of the Boston Bruins and was named President of the team on June 16, 2010.

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Received this black marker signed card TTM.

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