Other players have also "unofficially" reached this milestone, such as Alexander Mogilny, Jari Kurri, and Bobby Hull.He was regularly listed as a healthy scratch in alternate games in order to rest his ailing knee, but it would be a degenerative hip condition that forced Neely to retire after the 1995–96 season at the age of 31.Neely said "I was playing behind Stan Smyl and Tony Tanti, so I didn't see a lot of ice time, and, certainly not on the power plays." Almost immediately, it became apparent that the Bruins had received the better of the deal. I really didn't know what to expect once I got to Boston and had no idea that my career would turn out the way it did for those ten years.From Day One in training camp, I just wanted to get the opportunity to play.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-49-games in the 1993–94 season (despite missing 35 games that season).Also, only ten players in NHL history scored a better goals per game average over their career than Neely.The coaches said, 'Let's see what he can do.' As time went by, I got more and more confidence.
Neely's intense efforts to come back time and again from his devastating injuries were recognized with his winning of the Masterton Trophy after the 1993–94 season.In one memorable incident in 1994, the tip of Neely's right pinky finger was cut off through his glove, requiring 10–15 stitches to repair.After sustaining the injury early in the second period, Neely received the stitches, and returned to the game later that period.He became the archetype of the power forward and earned the nickname "Bam-Bam Cam".On May 3, 1991, during Game 3 of the 1991 Prince of Wales Conference Finals, Neely was checked by Ulf Samuelsson, and injured on the play, and was hit again to the knee in game 6.