Cam Neely‘s last seasons with the Bruins were tough ones, and that’s what made officially saying goodbye to the game so tough.
After being checked by Ulf Samuelsson in Game 3 of the 1991 Prince of Wales Conference Finals, Neely never fully recovered from his knee injury. The right winger missed all but 22 games during the following two seasons and played in just 162 games through the rest of his career.
In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we revisit Neely’s tough decision to finally hang up his skates for good. Neely battled his knee injury and a degenerative hip condition that forced him into early retirement on Sept. 5, 1996 at the age of 31.
Bam-Bam Cam finished his career with 395 goals and 694 points. The Bruins retired his No. 8 jersey on Jan. 12, 2004.
Check out the above video to relive Neely’s emotional press conference, where he announces his retirement from the NHL.
Photo via Facebook/Cam Neely