– Regardless of who they played for, Cam Neely and Ulf Samuelsson never would have liked one another. It just so happened that their
teams hated each other too. So by the time we got to this hit, no one minded another serving of beef. (sprightly string music) Cam Neely was a talented kid
from just outside Vancouver. He got drafted ninth overall
by his hometown team in 1983, but after a slow start, the Canucks traded Neely to Boston. In his first season with the Bruins, he quickly made a good impression and averaged 44 goals per season from ’86-’87 through ’90-’91. In addition to the scoring,
if he didn’t feel like skating around the defense, he
could go right through them. Fans loved him for not
shying away from contact or being afraid to drop his gloves. And the coaches loved that
he led the team in scoring each of his first five seasons as a Bruin. He was also quick to
embrace Boston’s rivalry with the guys less than two hours away. The Hartford Whalers were
disliked by the Bruins before they even entered the league. When the WHA NHL merger was in the works, Boston attempted to block the deal and threatened to sue the
league if it happened, arguing that they had territorial
rights to New England. It didn’t work for Boston and became the spark to a feud that grew as the Whalers got better. One of the Whalers who drew
the most ire from the Bruins was Swedish defenseman, Ulf Samuelsson. Drafted in 1982, Samuelsson had become one of
Hartford’s best defenders. And while he wasn’t a
major goal-scoring threat, he was a nuisance to the
opposition for his physical play that even he admitted wasn’t always legal. Those questionable tactics made
him a marked man in Boston, especially after a
run-in with Ken Linseman resulted in ligament damage
to the Bruins’ center in ’86. After that, Samuelsson got
to know Neely pretty well. The pair found each other
regularly in the matchups and antagonized one
another when they could. Samuelsson enjoyed it
because it meant Neely was focusing on him
instead of scoring goals. But it also cost Ulf at times when he paid more attention
to Neely than the puck. For Cam, the real annoyance
came from the fact that Samuelsson wore massive shoulder pads plus a half shield, but wouldn’t drop his gloves. But during the 1990, 1991 season, Neely finally got that to change. On December 12th and 13th of 1990, the teams played a home and home. The Bruins took the first game 5 to 1 and had a 7-2 lead in the third
period of the second matchup when Ed Kastelic caught
Craig Janney with an elbow. – [Commentator] Right there! – [Presenter] Neely and the
rest of the Bruins took offense. The Whalers defended themselves, and then both benches got involved. Tempers remained high, and after the Bruins added to the lead, Samuelsson finally dropped gloves and got worked by Neely. – [Commentator] Protect the nose, Cam. Protect the nose. – Ulf said that the next
game would be interesting, but when the team squared
off again in late January, the Bruins won easily, and Samuelsson didn’t even take a minor. Before the guys got another
chance to renew their feud, Hartford sent Samuelsson
in a package to Pittsburgh, and his rivalry with the
Bruins came to a close. Well, actually, hang on. Yup, yup, the Bruins
hated the Penguins also. So, part deux. By leaving the Adams Division
to don the black and yellow, Samuelsson stepped into a rivalry that had been ignited
by similar pettiness. The Bruins began their
hatred for Pittsburgh when the Penguins wanted
to change their team colors in order to match the
Steelers and the Pirates. But Boston, being an original six team, felt it would infringe
on the Bruins’ brand. The protest failed, and naturally, the teams
met in the first round of the playoffs just a few months later. The Bruins took the series 3 to 2, but not before a game five scrum featuring a rookie named Ray Bourque. From there, these teams gave
us moments like Mario Lemieux taking the puck from Bourque
to score his first NHL goal on his first shot during his first shift. Or in 1987, they combined
for one of the last bench-clearing brawls in the NHL. But since that playoff encounter in 1980, a post-season matchup had alluded them. That is, until Ulf
Samuelsson became a Penguin. That’s not because he was like
a missing piece or anything. It’s just a convenient
storytelling device. In the 1991 Prince of
Wales Conference Finals, Boston and Pittsburgh faced off. Neely was coming off a 51-goal
season in just 69 games. He netted another dozen through the first 13 games of the post-season. Samuelsson took note, making it his mission
to keep Neely in check. They got reacquainted in the second game, sending Neely to the bench for a moment. Not long after, Cam would open the scoring with his third goal in
the first two games. So Samuelsson’s mission
hadn’t been too successful. The Bruins won the game in overtime and headed to Pittsburgh up 2 nothing, which takes us to the hit. The Bruin slowly made his way to the bench where head coach Mike Milbury went wild, breaking a stick apart as he attempted to get the referee’s attention. Neely would take the ice
again, plead his case, but wouldn’t finish the game. He spoke afterwards about how
much worse it could have been. – I could have blown my knee out and been out for the rest
of the year, or even longer. So, I mean, it’s very upsetting to me. – [Presenter] Samuelsson didn’t see anything wrong with the hit, nor did he care how others felt about it. When asked about his
foe, Neely added that, “He plays a physical game,
which is fine with me. “But he also plays a game
I have no respect for. “When confronted, he’s
not around too much. “There are times when you’ve
got to back yourself up.” Milbury didn’t hide his
frustration, calling the hit part of Pittsburgh coach Bob Johnson’s strategy, and making it clear that he had full intention of matching that mentality. – I think we’re gonna
have to respond to it, and I think we’re gonna have to play an extremely physical game. – [Presenter] In game four,
he’d call up some help from Allen Pedersen, Bob Beers, Nevin
Markwart and Lyndon Byers. The quartet had combined for
seven goals on the season to go with 235 penalty minutes. – What do you think, I’m a goon? Is it ’cause I got 830 minutes
of penalty in 200 games? I mean, what do I got to do? I got 29 goals. I hit two goals this year. Don’t pressure me. – Apart from a couple scrums,
the plan didn’t exactly work. Pittsburgh won four
straight to take the series and would win another four to take home the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Throughout the series, Samuelsson
got under Neely’s skin, and a collision between
the pair in game six did damage to Cam’s other leg,
causing a thigh contusion. As the Penguins celebrated the Cup, Neely’s body reacted to the injury by ossifying the contusion, which means it began turning
the muscle into bone. Neely dodged surgery and set his sights on the
next time he’d see Samuelsson, where he wasn’t necessarily
going to give him a beating, but he’d like to. Don Cherry agreed that Samuelsson was due for a lesson sometime soon. – His day is coming, folks. Don’t worry about it. It’s just a matter of time, and I wanna know who’s gonna be the hero. – [Presenter] Samuelsson, though, didn’t understand why people were still talking about a hit from last season. His agent, who just so
happened to also be Neely’s, said that Ulf privately felt bad for what had happened to Cam and had asked about how he was doing. Neely ended up sitting out
until January of that season, so his teammates looked to
deliver payback on his behalf. Unfortunately for them, Samuelsson would miss all three games against Boston that year. When Neely did finally return, he scored nine goals in nine games but was put back on the shelf and declared out for the season. To add insult to injury,
Samuelsson and the Penguins would win their second consecutive cup, beating Boston in four
straight along the way. Neely would require two
surgeries to his knee, but the good news was
that he and Samuelsson finally shared the ice
on March 27th, 1993. And in the middle of the second,
had a chance to reconnect. Neely got ejected and
felt far from satisfied with the turtling of his opponent, continuing to voice displeasure in Samuelsson not wanting to fight. He got a few punches in
the following December, and more importantly, scored a goal while Ulf was on the ice. Samuelsson admitted that
it was tougher to watch Neely score than some other player, and summed up their
relationship pretty simply. That season, Cam netted 50
goals in less than 50 games. He’d also tear his MCL in March, as his legs continued to struggle to hold up for a full season. Samuelsson moved on to the
Rangers for the ’95-’96 season, and while the rivalry followed
for the first meeting, Neely would play his
final game that February. He announced his retirement
in the summer of ’96. Doctors said that there was no connection between his run-in with Samuelsson and his latest ailments, but player and team weren’t too convinced. He was just 26 years old
when he collided with Ulf and retired at 31. Still making it clear that if Ulf was quicker to drop gloves, they likely would have put
some of it behind them. As for Samuelsson, he
kept going until 2001, well after the universe got even with him through the hands of Tie Domi. (triumphant string music)

The dirtiest player in the league, a generational talent, and a three-team beef
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100 thoughts on “The dirtiest player in the league, a generational talent, and a three-team beef

  • April 11, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    WHOS THE DEAD MAN, THAT HIT ME WITH THE SALT SHAKER

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  • April 12, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    Man put a chip on your shoulder being traded by your home town team

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  • April 12, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    Good stuff ty

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  • April 14, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    Jesus boston thinks they own everything! black and yellow and the new england territory?

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  • April 16, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Pittsburgh freaking loved Ulf Samuelsson

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  • April 16, 2019 at 3:46 am
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    I kind of recall Mike Milbury calling bob Johnson a " professor of goonery"

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  • April 16, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    Don Cherry always finds a way to praise the Bruins. And of course also finds a way to rip on European players

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  • April 21, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    Mike Milbury a man who is (in)famous for going into the stands and hitting a fan with his own shoe complaining about a hockey hit is a bit like Tom Brady complaining about the deflated footballs.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    Neely was my favorite. I remember "Neely Nails 'Em" on NESN…so many old names. Linseman, Janney, Bourque…Mike Milbury was a great coach…LB "I got goals, khed, don't pressah me, guy." Ty Domi was a beast.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    Just shows you how Boston has always been classless, dirty, good for nothing team always looking for a fight.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    Kick his ass Seabass! Your a bad ass trucker and a Rhode Island state trooper. Thank you Cam

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  • April 26, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    Should have just butt ended ulf

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  • April 26, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    Who's the dirtiest player in the league? Who's the generational talent? What an awful, misleading title

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  • April 26, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    i love tie domi.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 8:00 am
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    Wait…how is Don Cherry STILL old in that footage? Lol.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    Im a Samuelsson fan.

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  • May 5, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    Domi should be named a Hero for sucker punching Samuelson.

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  • May 5, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Scott Stevens dirtiest player ever. Also overrated. Just hit, that’s it. No abilities offensively or defensively.

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  • May 5, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Still amazed that Neely and Samuelsson shared an agent.

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  • May 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    don cherry STILL only defends Canadian goons hes a clown

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  • May 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    Gawain vs Modred. The wrong guy wins, despite the other being his better. But at least Modred lamented his deeds.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    I remember those years and Cam's knees got targeted by every team they played in the playoffs.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    Brashear, mcsorley

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  • May 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    Who’s the dead man that hit me with a salt shaker

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  • May 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    Kick his ass seabass!!

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  • May 11, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    SB Nation: Canooks
    Me: Unsubscribe

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  • May 12, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Ulfie 👌

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  • May 12, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Also, did you say Canooks? I hate the Canucks but c'mon man

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  • May 12, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    Is Tie Domi the hero we deserve?

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  • May 13, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Pretty cool watch. Still likes Ulf more than Cam though.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    "Kick his ass Seabass"

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    "KICK HIS ASS SEABASS!!!“

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  • May 14, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    Ulf went for his leg in two instances. That's a dirty play in hockey . You don't go for someone's knee . You can end a career which is what that coward ulf did !

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  • May 14, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    Did anybody see Neely's comment on Eric lindros in that article?

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    Brad Marchand should be on here

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  • May 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    One of the greatest power forwards ever has career ended by a cheapshot turtle. Everyone remembers Rocket Richard scoring 50 goals in 50 games and Gretzky scoring 50 in 39 games. Nobody mentions Cam netting 50 in 44 games.Odd.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    00:26 Cunooks?

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  • May 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    …. And then there's Brad Marchand. The worst of Ulf and a just a titch of Neely. What a douche.

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  • May 18, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    Bruins VS Habs, a beef almost a hundred years old, which culminated in the "Chara incident".

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  • May 18, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    Joe Juneau was a great story too you could look into one of the best rookies
    but personal problems and being on the wrong end of cup finals teams kinda damped his career potential make an Inuit nhl players clip

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  • May 24, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    Damn, I think the Domi’s might have a history for aggression lol

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm
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    If anyone deserved a sucker punch from someone it's this guy. Even his own teammates didnt stick up for him lol

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  • May 30, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    6:09 i think Lyndon was more famous from Bar Rescue

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  • May 30, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    I think i speak for the entire world when i say we need more hockey beef in our lives

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  • May 30, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    Kick his ass, Sea Bass!

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  • June 5, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    I miss the Whalers.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    8:39 The Bruins experimented with white helmets on top those hideous yellow third unis? 🤭😵🤢🤮

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  • June 7, 2019 at 4:12 am
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    Domi dropped that punk Ulf ahahah Classic Domi

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  • June 8, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    I was Soo happy that Domi knocked his ass out. What goes around comes around

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  • June 8, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    SEABASS was a bad man!!!!!

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  • June 9, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    That punch on Ulf at the end was priceless! He was out stiff! Cheap player that was a coward and that’s why he was such a Hated player, Neely was a respected player and no one could deny the force he was and would’ve been had his not been cut short he was great

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  • June 9, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    Do you think Cam Neely treats Tie Domi to free drinks whenever he's in town?

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  • June 10, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    Cam was the man. Sucks he didn't have a full career. If the whole league played like him the NHL would be the dominant sport in North America.

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  • June 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    Dude ended a greats Career. Cam was a once in a lifetime player. Shame a nobody robbed hockey of such a great talent.

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  • June 11, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    Who are the "canooks". Is that a chinese version of the canucks??

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    I'm from Connecticut and I hated the Whalers

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  • June 13, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    I think we should sell the bruins to hartford and just pretend the bruins never were.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    The part thats most fascinating to me is that his name was Neely… After all his injuries, they should've called him kneely 😂

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  • June 14, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    Kick his ass, Sea Bass!

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  • June 14, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    Lol canuuuks

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  • June 16, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    "cANOOKS"

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    Doughty and tkachuk next please

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  • June 17, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    Yeah muscle can’t just become bone or fat for that matter. The only thing that can happen is that you can turn fat to muscle but nothing can become bone.

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  • June 18, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    and then, Tie Domi LOL

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  • June 19, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    And then came Brad Marchand!

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  • June 21, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    Bruins hate everyone, what's new?

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  • June 21, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    “Who’s the dead man who hit me with the salt shaker?”

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  • June 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    Lol good job tie

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  • June 23, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    Meh, Ulf wasn't really all that dirty. If he was Canadian dumb asses like Cherry would've loved the hell out of him.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Bruins suck and I'll never understand how Orr's mediocre goal is number 1 on every list just because he dove forward, they were up 3 games to 0 don't tell me it's because it won them a cup they were going to win anyway

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  • June 25, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Cam Neely is a horses ass and Ulf Samuelsson couldn't be a nicer guy.. he always took time to talk with me in the concourse while he coached for the Wolf Pack

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  • June 25, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    None of those hits are dirty and Cam Neely was due to break down at an accelerated rate due to his play style

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  • June 28, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    At no point should the camera ever be on your face.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    "the hit" wasn't really that bad. why all the fuss? .. misjudged incident by both parties just sore loser that Neely.. all that I pick up from this.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    CRY-BABY!!! WATCH YOUR TANTRUMS! … LOSER! BLUES IN 7 … in the BOOKS!

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  • June 29, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Jamie Kennedy bragging 6:10

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  • July 1, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    Tie Domi = Karma. Make it a round of boilermakers.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    0:25 the Canooks lol

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  • July 4, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    "Kick his ass Sea Bass!!!!"

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  • July 6, 2019 at 5:11 am
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    Great video!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    Man is jokes best voice on you tube

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  • July 10, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    Samuelsson is one of my all-time favorites, Neely is one of my all-time most hated.

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  • July 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    thanks, Mr. Domi !!!

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  • July 22, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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    Thanks Domi!

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  • July 23, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    That play by super Mario 👀👀👀

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    I want nothing good to ever happen for any Boston team EVER. The epitome of racist sport town.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Lyndon Byers was such a savage

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    gOoD jOb tY

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    plot twist: samuelsson was the dead man that hit him with the salt shaker

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  • August 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    Domi killed Beukeboom, not a Samuelson…

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    6:46..I was watch/listening and right when I heard that I whipped my head at my phone like wait wtf..and you're face was on point hahahahhahahahahhaahahahhahh

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  • August 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Domi would have been a fantastic Bruin!!!!
    Samuelson would've tasted that fist a little sooner I'm sure!

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  • August 30, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    Next hockey beef: Chris Pronger vs Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks fans (who booed when they saw his picture but kept booing through the Canadian anthem)

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  • August 30, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    Hockey was so much better before going family friendly.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    I think we all know who the real dirtiest player in the nhl is

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    A quick note on Tie Domi … a truly poetic anagram of his name is … Me Idiot.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Kanooks

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    Who are the Vancouver Canooks?

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    Who's the dead man who hit me with the salt shaker?

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