At 65, Mike Bossy, four time Stanley Cup champion with New York Islanders dies

Mike Bossy, one the hockey's greatest goal scorers and a star of the NHL, is New York IslandersTheir 1980s dynasty, he has passed away. He was 65.

Bossy was confirmed dead by the Islanders as well as TVA Sports, Canada's French-language network where he was a hockey analyst. Bossy was said to be in Montreal by a team spokesperson.

Bossy had written to TVA Sports in October that he had been diagnosed as having lung cancer.

Bossy said in French, “It is with much sadness that I have to step aside from your screens for a necessary Pause.” “I will fight with all of the determination and fire that you've seen in me on the ice.”

After Jean Potvin's death in March and Clark Gillies, who was also a Hockey Hall of Famer, it's the third loss of that Islanders era.

Lou Lamoriello, Islanders president and general manger, said that “The New York Islanders organisation mourns Mike Bossy's loss. He was an icon not just on Long Island but throughout the hockey world.” His determination to do the best every time that he was on the ice was unparalleled. Together with his teammates, he was instrumental in winning four consecutive Stanley Cup championships. It has shaped the history of this franchise for ever.

Bossy played a major role in helping the Islanders win Stanley Cup 1980-1983. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1982 as playoff MVP. In 1982 and 1983, he scored the Cup-winning goal.

Bossy was a first-round selection in 1977. He played all of his 10-year NHL career with New York. He was named rookie of the Year, won the Calder Trophy and the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct. He also led the league in goals twice.

Bossy had 50 goals or more in his first nine seasons, the longest streak in league history. Wayne Gretzky is the only player in hockey history to have nine 50-goal seasons.

Bossy is one of five players who scored 50 goals in 50 games. He remains the all-time record holder for goals per game at 0.762. Only two other players have more hat tricks than Bossy with 39.

He is ranked third in points per games and seventh on the career scoring lists. These numbers are from the regular season, which Bossy compiled some of his best performances in history. Bossy's clutch was even greater in the playoffs. He is the only one to win four games in the same playoff series.

Bossy Gillies and Bryan Trottier led the Islanders, who succeeded Scotty Bowman in his 1970s. Montreal CanadiensAs the NHL's next dynasty after Gretzky's Edmonton OilersThe sport was taken over by the new owners.

Bossy, who was an eight-time All-Star, finished with 573 goals (and 553 assists) for 1,126 point in 752 regular-season league games. Bossy was the fastest player to achieve the 100-goal mark, and ranks 22nd in the career goals list. Bossy recorded 160 points in the playoffs over 129 games.

His career ended in 1987 due to knee and back injuries. He scored only 38 goals in his 63 games. He did not return to the team for the 11th season.

Bossy, who was inducted into The Hall of Fame in 1991, was also named as one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players in 2017. His No. 22 was retired by the Islanders in March 1992. 22 in March 1992.

Bossy spent five seasons with the Laval National in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before he was accepted into the NHL. Bossy scored 602 goals in 298 QMJHL matches. Bossy represented Canada at both the Canada Cup 1981 and 1984, well before NHL players could go to the Winter Olympics.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.


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