Athletes Who Retired Before Anyone Expected

25. Cam Neely

Fans of both the NHL and the Boston Bruins are very familiar with Cam Neely. The right winger was an excellent player — particularly in the postseason. Neely at one time was the Bruins’ all-time leading goal scorer in postseason play. He even had two seasons with at least 50 goals. Unfortunately for Neely, his career was cut short before he intended.

Neely had to retire from the sport at the age of 31. This was brought on by a vicious Ulf Samuelsson hit during the 1991 playoffs. Since retiring, Neely has appeared in a number of films — including the cult classic Dumb and Dumber. Currently, Neely is the President of the Boston Bruins.

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