The loss of a person is always tragic. Family and friends mourn as the remember their lost loved one. In the sports world, when a death occurs, the fanbase hurts just as much, and the players impact on the sport and team is projected brightly.
Sadly, an Islanders legend passed away. Hall of Fame wing, Mike Bossy, passed away today at 65 after battling lung cancer.
A pivotal and important piece of the Islanders four consecutive Stanley Cup wins, Bossy was the definition of the boss on the ice. A scoring machine, he had 9 consecutive seasons with 50+ goals, which is an NHL record. In five of those seasons, he scored 60 or more (both tied with Wayne Gretzsky).
A Calder and Conn Smythe Trophy Winner, he recorded 573 goals (22nd all-time in NHL history) and 553 assists (third all-time in franchise history) in 752 games.
Bossy won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1978 and the Conn Smythe Trophy during the Islanders' 1982 Stanley Cup win. He is tied with Wayne Gretzky for most 50+ goal seasons (9) and most 60+ goal seasons (5).
A sad and terrible loss to the Islander and Hockey community. Prayers out to his family and friends. RIP to a legend. Forever an Islander.