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Mike Bossy Is At Peace

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NEW YORK (April 15, 2022) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Mike Bossy:

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Mike Bossy, the dynamic winger whose goal-scoring prowess during a remarkable 10-year career ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the greatest in NHL history and propelled the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups.

“Bossy scored 573 goals in 752 games – a .76 goals-per-game average that is the highest in the League’s history. He is the only player ever to record nine straight 50-goal seasons and his five 60-goal seasons are matched only by Wayne Gretzky. One of only eight players in NHL history to have scored 50 goals in his first 50 games of a season, he was similarly dominating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, during which he scored 85 goals in 129 games.

“Though containing him was the obsession of opposing coaches and checking him the focus of opposing players, Bossy’s brilliance was unstoppable and his production relentless throughout his entire career. He scored 53 goals and won the Calder Trophy in 1977-78, and his goal-scoring never waned until the injuries that prematurely ended his career limited him to 38 goals in his final season of 1986-87 – the only season he didn’t eclipse 50 goals. Voted a First Team All-Star five times, he won the Lady Byng Trophy three times and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1982. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and named one of the NHL’s Top 100 Players in 2017, Bossy was one of our game’s all-time greats.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Lucie, their daughters, Josiane and Tanya, his former Islanders teammates and his countless fans on Long Island, the New York metropolitan area and throughout the hockey world. He thrilled fans like few others.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/22 at 09:36 AM ET

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https://www.theplayerstribune.com/articles/letter-to-my-younger-self-mike-bossy

Hi Paul, I have already written about Mike in this forum before.  I think it’s ironic that the team landed in Montreal this morning and play in Mike’s hometown tonight.  I thought the readers might like to see Mike’s Players Tribune article from a few years back. 

He is to the Isles what Gordie Howe is to the Wings.  What Ted Williams is to the Red Sox.  Tom Seaver to the Mets.  Joe DiMaggio to the Yankees.  Rocket Richard to the Habs.  Deep sadness all around.  We all pray for his family and friends.

Getting selfish now:  What a HORRIBLE year for our team.  Losing Clark Gillies was a shock as well as losing Jean Potvin.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 04/15/22 at 09:43 AM ET

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Thanks for the link Kas… and I hope the younger people who did not see Bossy play do some research on him to see how great a player he really was.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/22 at 09:47 AM ET

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from Ethan Sears of the New York Post,

Islanders legend Mike Bossy, whose scoring touch helped drive the franchise to four straight championships, died after a battle with terminal lung cancer. He was 65.

Bossy’s diagnosis became public last October, when he stepped away from his job as an NHL analyst for the French language network TVA Sports to deal with his health.

“The battle I am about to wage will not be easy,” Bossy wrote at the time in French, in an open letter. “Know that I will give 100 percent, nothing less, with the objective of meeting you again soon, after a very eventful hockey game. You will never be very far in my thoughts. On the contrary, you will occupy a privileged place and you will be one of my motivations to get better.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/15/22 at 09:56 AM ET

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Such a loss of a great hockey player and a great person. I met Mike at, ironically, a lung cancer charity walk with my wife in 2005 or 2006 on Long Island. He was so nice and great with all the kids.

Posted by beardChamp on 04/15/22 at 12:07 PM ET

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That was a great piece, thanks for linking Kas. An incomparable player, and a sad loss for hockey.

Posted by Moose Moss on 04/15/22 at 02:57 PM ET

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Hey Kaz ...

Another intelligent and well-written post.  Glad you post here.

Thanks for the link.  I hadn’t seen the story before.  Good read.

Posted by utahgentile from the land of white and delightsome people on 04/15/22 at 03:16 PM ET

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I was ten years old when they started winning cups. I loved watching Bossy, Trottier and all the rest. I cannot thank that team enough for the joy they gave a said 10 year old Redwings fan.
RIP Mike!

Thank you Kas for that story!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/15/22 at 04:38 PM ET

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Thanks all,  The Canadiens hosted a moment of silence before the game in honor of Montreal resident - Mike Bossy.  Very classy. 

Former Habs player - Rejean Houle - was on with Shannon Hogan in between periods with a very gracious interview. 

Brendan Burke mentioned that Lucie Bossy and family are at the game tonight. 

If you get the MSG broadcast on ESPN +  -  Bryan Trottier will be the guest between 2nd and 3rd.

GOOD LUCK tomorrow at the Rathole on West 33rd Street tomorrow for the WIngs!

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 04/15/22 at 08:05 PM ET

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It’s a very sad day indeed. There is no right thing one can say when someone dies.

My most sincere condolences and prayers go out to the entire Bossy family. I am deeply saddened by your great loss. And to you too Kasz. I know it’s been a difficult year.

Sincerely,
Kate

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/15/22 at 09:15 PM ET

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