Mike Bossy, the legendary NHL player who marked the era of this sport, has died at the age of 63, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer last October. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sent a message after his death highlighting how important Bettman was to the NHL, and what records he broke.
“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Mike Bossy, the dynamic winger whose goal-scoring prowess during a remarkable 10-year career ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the greatest in NHL history and propelled the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups”.
“Bossy scored 573 goals in 752 games — a 0.76 goals-per-game average that is the highest in the League’s history. He is the only player ever to record nine straight 50-goal seasons and his five 60-goal seasons are matched only by Wayne Gretzky.
One of only eight players in NHL history to have scored 50 goals in his first 50 games of a season, he was similarly dominating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, during which he scored 85 goals in 129 games”.
Message of condolences
Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello also expressed his condolences “The New York Islanders organization mourns the loss of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but across the entire hockey world.
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. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Bossy family and all those who grieve this tragic loss.
Indeed, this is a big loss for all those who knew Bossy. A legend that will be remembered and whom we will never forget. Our editorial office also expresses its condolences to his family and loved ones.