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Today's game renders forwards powerless

Cam Neely was an unstoppable force, but today's game hasn't allowed power forwards to flourish.

Updated: January 13, 2004, 4:56 PM ET
By Chris Stevenson | Special to ESPN.com

He will get the traditional honor, his number hanging from the rafters, but is a single digit enough to sum up what Boston Bruins winger Cam Neely did to the game of hockey?

When they retire Neely's No. 8 Monday night, they just might as well run up a white flag along with the banner at the FleetCenter because it is unlikely there will be another power forward to match Neely's equal skill with scalpel or hammer.

Today's game just doesn't permit it.

Neely was the quintessential ...

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