NHL Hall of Famer and New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy has passed away at the age of 65 after a fight with cancer.
Bossy revealed his diagnosis to the public in October of 2021, announcing that he would be taking time off from his job as an analyst for TVA Sports in order to fight his disease.
In an open letter to the hockey community released at the time, Bossy showed tremendous courage, promising to fight his cancer with everything he's got.
"I can assure you that I intend to fight with the determination that you have seen me display on the ice and in my game," Bossy wrote.
"That same determination that helped me achieve my dreams"
Bossy's NHL career will stand as one of the most impressive of all time. Bossy suited up in 752 games throughout his 10 big-league seasons, all spent with the Islanders, finishing with 573 goals and a whopping 1,126 points. Bossy was also a seminal piece of the Islander dynasty in the 1980s, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups as well as capturing the Calder Trophy, three Lady Byng awards, eight first-team NHL All-Star selections, and the Conne Smythe.
Just how much more Bossy could've accomplished were it not for his constant bouts with injury remains one of hockey's most tantalizing unanswered questions.
We send our sincerest thoughts to Bossy and his family during this difficult time.