Today in Sports History: April 30

In 1987, New York Islander and right-wing, Mike Bossy, played his final professional hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Bossy played with the Islanders from 1977 until 1987. In 752 games he played, Bossy scored 573 goals, had 553 assists, and totaled 1,126 points. Throughout his 10 seasons, he helped win four back-to-back Stanley Cups (1980-83).

Bossy was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for his outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season in 1983, 1984, and 1986. He was also awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1978 for his incredible rookie season, and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1982 for being the Most Valuable Player in the NHL. 

Bossy was also one of the only two players to score winning goals in consecutive Stanley Cup games as he did in 1982 and 1983. He also led the NHL in goals during his seasons in 1979 and 1981. 

Bossy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 for his outstanding career, and his number, 22, was retired by the Islanders in 1992. He was also named to the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players list. 

Recently, Bossy had announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He worked with the French-Language network, TVA Sports in Canada, and announced he was going to step down to undergo treatment.  

Unfortunately, Bossy had recently just passed away due to his health concerns and battling cancer. We always remember the legacy of Mike Bossy and his incredible playing career with the New York Islanders and in the National Hockey League.

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