Mike Bossy, the former New York Islander and Hockey Hall of fame inductee, has been diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 64.
An #Isles legend on and off the ice.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 19, 2021
Mike Bossy Announces He Has Lung Cancer
Over his 10 year career, the legendary Isle has put up 573 goals, 553 assists for a total of 1126 points in only 752 games. Collecting accolades all across the board. Including seven All-Star game appearances, three Lady Byng Memorial Trophies, one Calder Memorial Trophy, one Conn Smythe Trophy, topping it all of with four Stanley Cups. As well having nine of 10 seasons where he scored 50+ goals, five of which reached 60 or above.
Originally drafted by the New York Islanders, 15th overall in the first round of the 1977 NHL draft. Bossy went on to lead his team to four consecutive Stanley Cups, reigning as champion from 1980-1983. In the 1982 playoffs, he was voted on as the most valuable player, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. Bossy played in 129 career playoff games, posting 85 goals and 75 assists for 160 points in total.
Due to a chronic back injury, Bossy was forced into early retirement, leaving the NHL. Bossy to this day still holds the top spot in Islanders history with most goals within the franchise. He also ranks third in franchise assists and seventh in games played. Spending his entire career with the Islanders. In 1991, Mike Bossy was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame, which capped off a legendary career.
Bossy addressed the world following the breaking of the news on the TVA sports website. “I can tell you that I intend to fight with the determination and the enthusiasm that you have seen me display on the ice and in my game. That same determination that helped me achieve my dreams and my goals, the one that propelled me to the top of my sport when I was still playing.”
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