Mike Bossy, a legendary player for the New York Islanders, passed away at the age of 65 from complications related to lung cancer.
On Friday, Bossy’s death was confirmed by Renaud Lavoie, a former coworker of Bossy’s at the French-language network TVA Sports.
Through his Twitter, Lavoie expressed his regret at the news of Bossy’s death, writing, “It is with deep sadness that I just learnt of Mike Bossy’s demise.
In October of last year, news of the New York legend’s diagnosis preceded his passing.
Bossy warned in an open letter written at the time that he was “ready to conduct a battle that will not be easy”
Have faith that I will give it my all and settle for nothing less than a successful hockey game and another chance to see you.
You will always be one of the driving forces behind my efforts to improve, so don’t worry about being forgotten.
Bossy had to leave his position as an NHL analyst for TVA Sports due to his illness.
A week ago, Bossy’s loved ones told TVA that the former Islanders great was “sleeping comfortably” at home while undergoing treatment.
Mike Bossy has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The Hockey Hall of Famer scored 1,126 points (573 goals, 553 assists) in 752 games during 10 seasons with the Islanders.https://t.co/Rtl2T9e9t3
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 19, 2021
In a statement, Islanders President and GM Lou Lamoriello said, “The New York Islanders organisation mourns the death of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but across the whole hockey world.”
It was clear that every time he took to the ice, he wanted to perform at the highest level possible. He was an integral part of the team that won four consecutive Stanley Cups and changed the course of franchise history.
Our hearts go out to the Bossy family and all those affected by this terrible loss.
In the early 1980s, the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups thanks in large part to Bossy, who played his entire NFL career with the team.
Skating superstar Bossy ranks third all-time in the NHL in terms of points per regular season game and first all-time in terms of goals scored per game.
Not only has he scored 50 goals in 50 games, but he is one of only five players to do it.
With nine seasons in which he scored 50 or more goals, Bossy is tied with hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky for the most such seasons.
In 1991, Bossy was honoured by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He was honoured as one of the NHL’s all-time top 100 players in 2017.
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