Neely capped off that first season with a 36-36-72 total and the prestigious local 7th Player Award voted by Bruin fans to the player who most exceeds their expectations. "It was nice to be able to do that legally for a few years," he said. 8 assumes its place among the elite pantheon of Bruin legends: Lionel Hitchman, Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper, Milt Schmidt, Johnny Bucyk, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ray Bourque and Terry O’Reilly. And Neely loved playing inside the raucous vertical cockpit that made the blood rise in him. Copyright 2018 - Bruins Daily. Last night, the man whose career here ended years too soon, got to stand and hoist his old number 8 up among the Shores and the Orrs and rest of the Bruins pantheon. Next Thursday in Part Three, we’ll throw it back to that other memorable night on October 24, 2002, when Terry O’Reilly’s No. 8’s punishing presence was a rolling stone on blades exceeding all expectations. 8. His three 50-goal seasons are asterisked with the milestone in ’93-’94 when Neely lit it up 50 times in 44 games; only Wayne Gretzky had done it quicker. “They had all just gotten their licenses, and my dad was still taking me to the rink. 5:30 p.m. Friday Night Fenway (HD) For Neely, it was enough that it was put on a shelf.
"A few times not by choice -- when I was on my rear end.".
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He said, ‘Harry likes you in 8.’”, “I said, ‘Okay, happy to be here.’ Eight worked good for me.”.
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When (the old Boston Garden) got cranking, there was no other place like it. The consummate lunch-pail player with gourmet stats over his decade of penultimate play, Neely left the table too soon. “At least that I came to work every night to play hard. “It’s one of the highest if not the highest honors an athlete can receive from an organization. “To be able to contribute year in and year out.”. He rewrote Bruins’ records, while embodying the quintessential definition of power forward. Let the record show that over those thirteen NHL seasons from that first ’83-’84 campaign in Vancouver to his 21st birthday when he arrived in Boston in 1986 to a tear-filled retirement announcement on September 5, 1996 due to recurring hip and knee injuries, Neely emptied his lunch pail every one of his 726 games. Neely was right in the middle of the renaissance of the late '80s, when Boston became a hockey town again. Snow covered the event for NHL.com.
Except maybe one last shift with the Broons, and one last shot at nemesis Ulf Samuelsson, whose nasty hit in the 1991 playoffs led to Neely's premature retirement with a chronic hip injury five years later at 31. . " His biggest disappointment, he said, was losing two Stanley Cup finals to Edmonton. The M’s etched in the glass above the entrance to The Neely House are our mother and father’s initials for their names Marlene and Michael. “The Bruin fan base is the foundation of the Foundation,” Neely said. And then, with fellow immortals Milt Schmidt, Bucyk, Terry O'Reilly, and Bourque looking on, Neely and his wife Paulina, son Jack, and daughter Ava raised the 8 roofward.
I asked the trainer for 21 which I had in Vancouver. “The [thousands] of patients who have stayed at the Neely House have benefited from you taking the same skills on the ice and applying them to the fight against cancer.”.
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