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Mike Bossy was a legendary player for the New York Islanders as well as ranked #20 on The Hockey News 100 Greatest NHL Players. He was an instrumental part of the NY Islanders that won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.
His NHL career was cut short by injuries. He played for 10 seasons. In his tenth season, his back injuries were so painful that a teammate had to lace-up his skates before each game.
Bossy officially retired in October 1988, having played his last game at the young age of 30; he scored 573 goals and 553 assists in 752 NHL games, all with the Islanders.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer; “On October 19, 2021, Bossy announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in Rosemère on April 15, 2022, at the age of 65.”
Bossy holds several Islanders team records, including as the all-time regular season goals leader with 573. He is also the team leader in career playoff goals with 85, and holds the team single-season record for playoff goals, which he achieved in three straight playoffs starting with 1980–81.
As of 2022, Bossy holds or shares the following NHL records:
Most consecutive 50+ goal seasons: 9
Most 50+ goal seasons (not necessarily consecutive): 9 (tied with Wayne Gretzky and Alexander Ovechkin)
Most 60+ goal seasons (not necessarily consecutive): 5 (tied with Wayne Gretzky)
Highest goals-per-game average, career (minimum 200 total goals): .762 goals per game
Most power-play goals, one playoff season: 9 (tied with Cam Neely)
Most consecutive hat tricks: 3 (tied with Joe Malone, who accomplished this twice)
In January 2017, Bossy was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.