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Another NHL Lawsuit And Mike Bossy Gets His Puck

Not one but two hockey related emails from TMZ (no I did not sign-up for them, they just send them to me knowing I am a hockey guy)...

A former professional hockey player is suing the NHL -- claiming he was seriously jacked up from several fights during his career ... and blames the league for failing to look out for his health.

The man behind the lawsuit is Cam Severson -- who was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 1997.

In his suit, Severson says he was involved in at least 10 fights during his career ... and specifically calls out an instance during the '03-'04 season where he was so badly disoriented, he skated to the wrong bench afterward and sat down with the wrong team....

Severson says the league glorifies dangerous bare knuckle fist fighting ... and cares about fighting even more than the actual game. 

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NHL God Mike Bossy just got a HUGE assist from a famous rich guy -- Gavin Maloof -- who shelled out a fortune to reunite Mike with a legendary hockey puck ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story, Bossy lost his famous "50 in 50 puck" -- which he used to score his 50th goal in 50 games back in '81 -- 30 years ago, after his daughter mistakenly gave it away. 

The guy who ended up with the puck put it up on eBay back in May -- and when Maloof caught wind of the sale, he tells us he felt compelled to take action to help Bossy get it back. 

"I said, 'We need to get this puck. It means a lot to Mr. Bossy,'" Maloof tells TMZ Sports.

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d ca's avatar

So just to add to this story. Mike Bossy might be a great hockey player, but he was/is an a-hole in this story.

When a lifeguard teaches swim lessons. They do it in either one of two settings: a small class or private one-on-one swim lessons. These are typically done before noon when most pools open (fyi it’s not as easy or as fun as you think—the water you have to get in is really cold as the pools heaters were just turned on minutes before you get in)—though there are exceptions. After the lessons finish, parents typically give the guard a small gift as a thank you seeing as how minimally guards are paid.  Most don’t give cash, a gift card to a restaurant or a gas card was typical when I did this. This practice is especially true of one-on-one lessons where the guards can adjust schedules (and do the lesson during public swim time) to best accommodate the parents ability to get the child to the pool. I am willing to bet Bossy’s daughter got one-on-one lessons.

The guy, Jake Jacobson, that sold the puck was a lifeguard back in the 80’s. He taught lessons to Bossy’s daughter. After those lessons concluded he was given a brown bag present. He threw them it into a box with all the other presents on his last day of work. He only unpacked that box a month or two later—to discover a puck. From that point on for the next two years he tried to contact Bossy then the Islanders unsuccessfully.

Bossy gave him the big shot treatment of not bothering to return phone calls and didn’t seem to care—at this point he was probably in the middle of the season and the lifeguard thought he have a chance to clear it up next summer anyways so I doubt either tried very hard that first year. But Jacobson eventually contacted the Islanders and through an intermediary was given a response.

Bossy finally got around to having someone on the Islanders reply to Jacobson about the puck. Jacobson was quoted as stating he never asked for money during any conversation about returning it—only to meet face-to-face and get a picture. Instead Bossy offered to send him a signed stick after he got the puck back. At this point Jacobson said forget it he’ll just keep the puck. Seems to me he didn’t trust Bossy to follow through on his word.

Fast forward to today, Jacobson raising money for his kids wedding decided to sell the puck on Ebay and people are trying to make him out for being the bad guy. The guy kept this gift as a treasured possession for almost 30 years—probably much longer than any other gifts given by any other student. Obviously he thought the daughter was a decent kid or he would have scrapped or sold the item long ago.

It might have been a mistake, but this was a gift given to him. One he tried to return for two years…one which Bossy probably said yes without actually listening to what his daughter was asking to give. Daddy can I give my teacher item X. Yes, yes go away daddy’s busy. It’s not the same as catching a record-setting HR ball and trying to sell it for the most money possible.  I say Jacobson did the right thing and the headline should read, Bossy 50/50 puck returned despite…

Posted by d ca on 08/23/15 at 10:42 PM ET

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