The Bruins have since retired #8 in his honor, making him the tenth player to have a number retired by the team.
Despite his shortened career, he recorded some remarkable scoring feats.
With the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League he led the team to the Memorial Cup Championship, becoming the first US-based team to claim the Cup.
Cameron Michael Neely (born June 6, 1965) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player.
Neely played right wing for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League from 1983 to 1996, #8.
Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.
He currently serves as the president of the Boston Bruins.
He said "To be honest, I never concerned myself too much with the Hall of Fame, just like I never concerned myself with numbers when I played," he said. Whether I played well or not was another story." On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, Neely returned to British Columbia as the Bruins faced the Canucks in the first Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 in Bruins history and watched the Bruins win 4-0 to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972, allowing Neely to lift the Cup after it had eluded him as a player.