Robert Barry Neely
Left Wing
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 11.9.53 Sarnia, Ontario
How he arrived: Traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs for cash, 1.9.78
How he left: Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for cash, 5.30.78
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1977-78
COL
22
3
6
9
-10
2
33
1
3
4
0
0
0
0
Franchise
Career Totals
 
22
3
6
9
-10
2
33
1
3
4
0
0
0
0
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Neely was drafted as a defenseman, and was as tough as they came, as well. Yep, tough... and sometimes undisciplined.

But he played disciplined when he was a Rockie. He was striving to be a complete defenseman rather than just a
brute, and this was a touch of what he was looking for.

The sale to the Rockies by the Toronto Maple Leafs came with an option to sell Neely back to Toronto. Basically, with
how things played out, it was a loan, because the Rockies had to send Neely back after the season because they couldn't
afford him.

He would finish his career, which ended in 1980, in the AHL with the New Brunswick Hawks.

After retirement, he went to work for Snap-On Tools of Canada in the sales department, ultimately becoming an
industrial sales manager.
Entry Draft: 1973 First Round Pick (10th overall) by the
Toronto Maple Leafs
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