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Cameron Michael Neely (born June 6, 1965) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. Cam Neely was was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks ninth overall in the 1983 entry draft. Cam Neely's success stemmed largely from his hard, accurate shot, quick release, and his willingness to engage in the more physical aspects of the game. At 6 ft 1 in and 215 lb, Neely was as devastating with his body checks and fists as he was with his goal scoring exploits. He became the archetype of the ultimate power forward and earned the nickname 'Bam-Bam Cam'. In draft after draft, general managers looking for a combination of toughness and talent would say that they needed to find a 'Cam Neely' type.
Only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Brett Hull scored a better goals per game average over the course of an NHL season than Neely did with his 50-goals-in-44-games in the 1993–94 season. Also, only ten players in NHL history scored a better goals per game average over their career than Neely. His #8 jersey has been retired by the Bruins, making him the tenth player to have a number retired by the team. Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.
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