“On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Bossy family and all those who grieve this tragic loss.”
Bossy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 and was named to the NHL’s 100 all-time greatest players list in 2017.
“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Mike Bossy, the dynamic winger whose goal-scoring prowess during a remarkable 10-year career ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the greatest in NHL history and propelled the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement on Friday.
He played his entire 10-year career with the team finishing as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 573 goals.
The Canadian hockey player ranks 22nd all-time in NHL history in goals and is notably a member of the group that set the NHL record of 19-straight playoff series wins.
“The New York Islanders organization mourns the loss of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but across the entire hockey world,” Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement on Friday.
New York Islanders great and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy died at the age of 65, the team announced on Friday.
In October, Bossy announced he was stepping away from his job as a hockey analyst with Canadian French-language hockey broadcaster TVA Sports after being diagnosed with lung cancer.