NHL great Mike Bossy dies at 65

Mike Bossy, one among hockey’s most prolific goal-scorers and a star for the New York Islanders throughout their Eighties dynasty, has died after a battle with lung most cancers. He was 65.

The Islanders and TVA Sports activities, the French-language community in Canada w. he labored as a hockey analyst, confirmed Bossy died Thursday night time. A workforce spokesman mentioned Bossy was in his native Montreal.

Bossy had revealed his prognosis in October in a letter to TVA Sports activities.

“It’s with a variety of disappointment that I must step away out of your screens, for a needed pause,” Bossy wrote in French. “I intend to battle with all of the willpower and fireplace you have seen me present on the ice.”

It is the third loss from that Islanders period this 12 months after fellow Hockey Corridor of Famer Clark Gilles died in January and Jean Potvin died in March.

“The New York Islanders group mourns the lack of Mike Bossy, an icon not solely on Lengthy Island however all the hockey world,” Islanders president and normal supervisor Lou Lamoriello mentioned. “His drive to be the perfect each time he stepped on the ice was second to none. Alongside together with his teammates, he helped win 4 straight Stanley Cup championships, shaping the historical past of this franchise ceaselessly.”

Bossy helped the Islanders win the Stanley Cup from 1980-83, profitable the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1982. He scored the Cup-winning objective in 1982 and ’83.

Bossy was a first-round choose in 1977 and performed his complete 10-year NHL profession with New York. He gained the Calder Trophy as rookie of the 12 months, received the Girl Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct thrice and led the league in objectives twice.

Bossy scored 50 or extra objectives in every of his first 9 seasons — the league’s longest streak. He and Wayne Gretzky are the one gamers in hockey historical past with 9 50-goal seasons.

Bossy is one among solely 5 gamers to attain 50 objectives in 50 video games. He stays the all-time chief in objectives a sport within the common season at 0.762, and solely two gamers have recorded extra hat methods than Bossy’s 39.

   He ranks third in factors a sport and seventh on the all-time scoring record. These are all within the common season when Bossy put up a few of the finest numbers within the historical past of the sport. Within the playoffs, Bossy was much more clutch. He’s the one participant with 4 game-winners in the identical playoff sequence and scored three playoff time beyond regulation objectives.

Led by Bossy, Gillies, Bryan Trottier and defenseman Denis Potvin, the Islanders succeeded Scotty Bowman’s Seventies Montreal Canadiens because the NHL’s subsequent dynasty earlier than Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers took over the game.

Bossy was an eight-time All-Star and completed with 573 objectives and 553 assists for 1,126 factors in 752 regular-season video games. He was the quickest participant to achieve the 100-goal mark and at present ranks twenty second on the profession objectives record. Within the playoffs, Bossy had 160 factors in 129 video games.

Again and knee accidents in the end ended his profession in 1987. He was restricted to 38 objectives in 63 video games and unable to return for an eleventh season.

Bossy was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 1991 and in 2017 was named one of many NHL’s 100 biggest gamers.

Earlier than reaching the NHL, Bossy performed 5 seasons within the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League with the Laval Nationwide. He had 602 factors in 298 QMJHL video games. Bossy additionally represented Canada on the Canada Cup in 1981 and 1984, lengthy earlier than NHL gamers started going to the Winter Olympics.

Off the ice, Bossy was a frontrunner within the motion to scale back combating in hockey. In 1979, he instructed the media that he was by no means going to battle on the ice.

He wrote about his anti-fighting stance in a 2017 article for The Gamers Tribune titled “Letter to My Youthful Self.”

“It’s essential to be ready for the names you are going to get known as. It’s essential to be ready for the way individuals are going to have a look at you for making a press release like that in 1979. For a man who’s already unfairly labeled as `timid,’ that is going to be a giant deal. Some individuals within the hockey world will merely not settle for that somebody who does not battle can ever be a winner,” Bossy.

In the identical article, Bossy additionally instructed his 14-year-old self that sooner or later hockey gamers would take higher care of their well being.

“Guys do not smoke cigarettes and drink black espresso at intermission anymore. They drink smoothies and ‘stretch,”‘ he wrote.

Condolences poured in on . Friday morning as information unfold of his dying.

“Very unhappy to listen to of the passing of the good Mike Bossy. I had the chance to satisfy him just a few instances. He was such a pleasant man. My deepest condolences to his household and pals,” mentioned Quebec Premier Francois Legault. “The #22 was fairly a scorer: 573 objectives in 10 seasons!!! He led the Islanders to 4 Stanley Cup victories with Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin and Billy Smith. He marked my era!”

“The New York Islanders are deeply saddened to be taught of the passing of the best pure objective scorer, four-time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Corridor of Fame member, Mike Bossy,” tweeted the New York Islanders.

“We’re saddened to be taught of Mike Bossy’s passing this morning. Our ideas and condolences exit to his pals, household, former teammates and TVA Sports activities colleagues,” tweeted the Montreal Canadiens.

– This report by The Related Press was first revealed on April 15, 2022. With information from The Canadian Press and CTV Information


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