Mike Bossy was a legendary member of the dominant New York Islanders teams of the 1980s. Bossy contributed to four consecutive Stanley Cup victories from 1980 to 1983. The seven-time NHL all-star sadly passed away today after a battle with lung cancer.

Bossy most recently worked as an analyst for TVA Sports. Mike announced his diagnosis last October, noting that he was taking a break from TV to receive treatment. Bossy fought his cancer with the same tenacity he brought to the rink. Sadly, it was not enough.

Mike Bossy started his NHL career in 1978. That season, he made an immediate impact, scoring 53 goals and tallying 38 assists. Bossy only took six penalty minutes that season. He was the winner of the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s top rookie.

In 1983, 1984, and 1986, Mike won the prestigious Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. That award is given annually to the NHL star who best exemplifies the values of sportsmanship. Bossy also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP in 1982.

Mike Bossy finished his NHL career in 1987, having totaled 573 goals and 553 assists for a whopping 1,126 points. Bossy was a productive playoff performer as well, with 160 points in the postseason.

The hockey world will not be the same without Mike Bossy. The legendary star was a part of one of the most memorable dynasties in league history. Everyone at Thirsty for News sends our deepest condolences to the Bossy family.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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