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A Letter To A Young Mike Bossy

from Mike Bossy at The Players' Tribune,

Dear 14-year-old Mike,

I write to you today as a 60-year-old man, and I have some news from the future that you probably aren’t going to believe.

There are 30 teams in the NHL in the year 2017, and next season, there’s going to be one in Las Vegas.

Guys don’t smoke cigarettes and drink black coffee at intermission anymore. They drink smoothies and “stretch.”

The going rate for a 50-goal scorer is about $9 million a year.

And fighting is considered a dying art.

I know the last one probably sounds pretty good to you right now. You’re about to experience more than your fair share of violence. In fact, the reason I’m writing to you now is because you’re about to go through one of the toughest times you’ll ever have to face.

I hope you have enjoyed your beautiful nose for the past 14 years, because pretty soon it’s not going to be so straight anymore.


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Canucklehead's avatar

Great read.  Always liked Bossy back in the day, even if he was an Islander.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 06/07/17 at 09:29 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

That was really good, a fascinating look into a legend’s life.

And I had no idea Bossy took the stance against the fighting and violent culture of the NHL back then that he did. He was certainly a hero of mine at the time, but I was too young to care about, or understand, the nuances of his career. I just cared about the fact he was awesome coming down the wing, and letting that shot go.

Excellent piece, thanks Paul.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/07/17 at 09:31 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

Man, do I love articles like this. Fascinating to read about the experience of the legend from the inside. Really, really glad Bossy decided to share.

Thanks for the link as well, Mr. Kukla!

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/07/17 at 09:46 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Great story from The Boss. Thanks Paul.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 06/07/17 at 10:01 PM ET

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