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Mike Bossy

Mike Bossy Mike "the Boss" Bossy was born on January 22, 1957 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He played his minor hockey with the Laval National of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and was drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 1977 entry draft by the New York Islanders. Bossy jumped to the NHL in 1977 and had a truly impact rookie season. He became the first rookie to score 50 goals and would continue to build up his goal scoring prowess. Bossy topped 60 goals five times in his short career inlcuing 68 in 1980-81, when he also equaled the legendary Maurice Richard's record by scoring 50 goals in 50 games. He also scored at a blistering pace in the playoffs, winning a Conn Smythe Trophy as the Islanders won four Stanley Cups in the early 1980s.

Bossy played in the Canada Cup twice, scoring the overtime goal against the Soviet Union in 1984 to win it. He also appreared in eight consecutive All-Star games in his first eight NHL seasons. Mike Bossy went on to become the first New York Islander to score 500 goals and over 1,000 regular season points. He scored with often and with ease, establishing himself as one of the deadliest snipers in NHL history and was also recognized for his sportsmanship with three Lady Byng awards. Bossy's bright future came to an end in 1986 when chronic back problems lead him to miss the 50 goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. These health issues forced him to retire at the young age of 32 after 10 seasons in the NHL. Mike Bossy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and has since moved back to his hometown of Montreal where he works as a stockbroker.

Here is a summary of Mike Bossy's NHL accomplishments;

Year    Team                 GP   G   A   Pts   Pim
1977-78 New York Islanders   73  53  38    91     6  
1978-79 New York Islanders   80  69  57   126    25 
1979-80 New York Islanders   75  51  41    92    12 
1980-81 New York Islanders   79  68  51   119    32 
1981-82 New York Islanders   80  64  83   147    22 
1982-83 New York Islanders   79  60  58   118    20 
1983-84 New York Islanders   67  51  67   118     8 
1984-85 New York Islanders   76  58  59   117    38 
1985-86 New York Islanders   80  61  62   123    14 
1986-87 New York Islanders   63  38  37    75    33 
NHL Totals                  752 573 553  1126   210  


Trophies Calder Trophy - 1 (1978) Lady Byng Memorial Award - 3 (1983, 1984, 1986) Conn Smythe Trophy - 1 (1982)
Championships Stanley Cup - 4 (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
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