The Islanders and TVA Sports activities, the French-language community in Canada the place he labored as a hockey analyst, confirmed Bossy died Thursday evening. A staff spokesman mentioned Bossy was in his native Montreal.
Bossy had revealed his analysis in October in a letter to TVA Sports activities.
“It’s with a number of unhappiness that I have to step away out of your screens, for a mandatory pause,” Bossy wrote in French. “I intend to struggle with all of the dedication and hearth you’ve seen me present on the ice.”
It’s the third loss from that Islanders period this 12 months after fellow Hockey Corridor of Famer Clark Gilles died in January and Jean Potvin died in March.
“The New York Islanders group mourns the lack of Mike Bossy, an icon not solely on Lengthy Island however your entire hockey world,” Islanders president and common supervisor Lou Lamoriello mentioned. “His drive to be the very best each time he stepped on the ice was second to none. Alongside along with his teammates, he helped win 4 straight Stanley Cup championships, shaping the historical past of this franchise without end.”
Bossy helped the Islanders win the Stanley Cup from 1980-83, profitable the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1982. He scored the Cup-winning objective in 1982 and ’83.
Bossy was a first-round decide in 1977 and performed his whole 10-year NHL profession with New York. He gained the Calder Trophy as rookie of the 12 months, received the Girl Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct 3 times and led the league in targets twice.
Bossy scored 50 or extra targets in every of his first 9 seasons – the league’s longest streak. He and Wayne Gretzky are the one gamers in hockey historical past with 9 50-goal seasons.
Bossy is one in every of solely 5 gamers to attain 50 targets in 50 video games. He stays the all-time chief in targets a sport within the common season at 0.762, and solely two gamers have recorded extra hat methods than Bossy’s 39.
He ranks third in factors a sport and seventh on the all-time scoring record. These are all within the common season when Bossy put up among the finest numbers within the historical past of the sport.
Within the playoffs, Bossy was much more clutch. He’s the one participant with 4 game-winners in the identical playoff collection and scored three playoff additional time targets.
Led by Bossy, Gillies, Bryan Trottier and defenseman Denis Potvin, the Islanders succeeded Scotty Bowman’s Nineteen Seventies Montreal Canadiens because the NHL’s subsequent dynasty earlier than Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers took over the game.
Bossy was an eight-time All-Star and completed with 573 targets and 553 assists for 1,126 factors in 752 regular-season video games. He was the quickest participant to succeed in the 100-goal mark and presently ranks twenty second on the profession targets record. Within the playoffs, Bossy had 160 factors in 129 video games.
Again and knee accidents in the end ended his profession in 1987. He was restricted to 38 targets in 63 video games and unable to return for an eleventh season.
Bossy was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 1991 and in 2017 was named one of many NHL’s 100 best gamers.
Earlier than reaching the NHL, Bossy performed 5 seasons within the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League with the Laval Nationwide. He had 602 factors in 298 QMJHL video games. Bossy additionally represented Canada on the Canada Cup in 1981 and 1984, lengthy earlier than NHL gamers started going to the Winter Olympics.
Off the ice, Bossy was a frontrunner within the motion to scale back preventing in hockey. In 1979, he instructed the media that he was by no means going to struggle on the ice.
He wrote about his anti-fighting stance in a 2017 article for The Gamers Tribune titled, “Letter to My Youthful Self.”
“It’s essential to be ready for the names you’re going to get referred to as. It’s essential to be ready for the way persons are going to take a look at you for making a press release like that in 1979. For a man who’s already unfairly labeled as `timid,’ that is going to be a giant deal. Some individuals within the hockey world will merely not settle for that somebody who doesn’t struggle can ever be a winner,” Bossy wrote.
In the identical article, Bossy additionally instructed his 14-year-old self that sooner or later hockey gamers would take higher care of their well being.
“Guys don’t smoke cigarettes and drink black espresso at intermission anymore. They drink smoothies and `stretch,’” he wrote.
— with recordsdata from The Canadian Press
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