Mike Bossy dies: A goal scorer for the New York Islanders who led the team to four straight Stanley Cups was 65 years old

Mike Bossy dies: A goal scorer for the New York Islanders who led the team to four straight Stanley  ...

A prolific goal scorer and a key member of the teams that won four Stanley Cup titles in the early 1980s, has died at the age of 65.

Last October, a Hall of Fame player revealed a lung cancer diagnosis, stepping away from his duties as a TV analyst for Canadian network TVA in his native Quebec.

The Islanders and the confirmed Bossy's death this morning.

In a tweet, Islanders President Lou Lamoriello described Bossy as "an icon not only on Long Island but across the whole hockey world. Every time he stepped on the ice, his desire to be the best was second to none."

Bossy and teammates, like Reggie Jackson, became a juggernaut in the series of four playoff series from 1980 to 1983. Despite the team's 19 consecutive wins, Bossy and the Islanders now have a league record. Nation media and pop culture figures

After his team selected him in the first round of the NHL Draft, Bossy scored 573 goals, the highest percentage in franchise history, and his run of nine seasons with 50 or more goals is still a NHL record. He is still leading the all-time board in goals per game.

In 1991, the Montreal native was a member of 17 Islanders players who played on the Stanley Cup teams. Bossy was inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame.

Bossy returned to the Islanders after completing his playing career, working in the sponsorship, fan development, and community relations departments, and did an on-air analysis for TVA.

Our deepest condolences go out to Lucie, their daughters, Josiane and Tanya, his former Islanders teammates, and his countless supporters on Long Island, the New York metropolitan area, and throughout the hockey world, said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. He has enthused supporters as well as many others.

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