Mike Bossy, who was a Hockey Hall Of Famer and New York Islanders passed away at the age of 65. His team made the announcement on Friday. According to sources, Bossy passed away due to lung cancer. He had shared his diagnosis with the world back in October.
Who Was Mike Bossy?
Bossy grew up as the fifth of ten children in a Montreal family with Detroit Red Wings flags all around him. He was the first rookie to score over 50, which helped earn him the 1978 Calder Trophy. Three years after that, he became the second NHLer to attain 50 in the first 50 games of the schedule. He was second to the French-Canadian hockey legend Maurice Richard.
Including Isles teammates that included the likes of Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier, Butch Goring, Denis Potvin, and Clark Gillies, he was part of the last team to have won four consecutive championships from 1980-1983. He had an admirable goal of 85 out of 129 playoff games, even in the 85-86 seasons, he was one of the leading players on the team. Bossy thus inched his name into history and into the hearts of millions of fans across the world.
He had also won the 1892 Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Along with that, Bossy was a three-time recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play. Throughout his career, Bossy was an advocate for getting rid of the fisticuffs.
Why Did Mike Bossy Retire?
Chronic back issues forced Bossy to retire after 10 seasons in 1987. He spent all ten seasons with Islands, which retired the number 22 after he left the game. He finished his professional career with 573 goals, hitting 50 in nine out of ten seasons, which was the league’s record. His successful stint with the Islanders led his net worth to grow and reach around $12 million.
Unfortunately, he was not able to do much physically after his retirement. He tried a couple of jobs before settling into broadcasting in the early 1990s. Bossy got married and had two kids.
Islanders Mourn Bossy’s Loss
The President and General Manager of New York Islanders made a statement about the passing of Bossy. It said, “The New York Islanders organization mourns the loss of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but across the entire hockey world,”.
Furthermore, the statement read “His drive to be the best every time he stepped on the ice was second to none. Along with his teammates, he helped win four straight Stanley Cup championships, shaping the history of this franchise forever.”
The heartfelt statement concluded with “On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Bossy family and all those who grieve this tragic loss.”
Bossy’s legacy will live on through his fans and the sport. He still holds the record for most playoff goals (85) in Islanders. Along with that, the seven-time All-star athlete also holds the NHL record for the 19 consecutive playoff series of wins.
Bossy’s untimely loss is a tragedy for all those who loved him and enjoyed the sport. But people will always remember him fondly for the memories he gave the world. And he will continue to statistically be one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the sport.