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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jan 22--Mike Bossy

Mike Bossy
Mike Bossy hockey player photo

Selected by New York Islanders round 1 #15 overall 1977 NHL Amateur Draft
Selected by Indianapolis Racers round 5 #44 overall 1977 WHA Amateur Draft.

The New York Islanders dynasty in the early 1980's ranks among the greatest teams of all time. Mike Bossy, often playing on one of the most feared lines in hockey history along with Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies, was a key component of the success enjoyed on Long Island.
Mike Bossy's brilliant career included: 573 goal along with 553 assists for 1,126 points; In playoff action, Bossy tallied 85 goals and 160 points in 129 games; At least 60 goals on five occasions, and seven 100 plus points seasons; Four Stanley Cup rings; he scored the series winning goal in both the 1982 and 1983 Stanley Cup finals making him the only player in NHL history to record Cup winning goals in consecutive seasons; the 1982 recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the playoffs' Most Valuable Player; awarded the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play three times; A first team All-Star five times and a second team All-Star three times; And his 573 goals also put him high on the NHL's all-time list.

Bossy was also a member of Team Canada in the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup Tournaments.

1977-1987N.Y. Islanders7525735531,126210
1978-1987N.Y. Islanders129857516038

Got these blue sharpie signed cards IP. Bossy worked with CassieCampbell and Bobby Orr on the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Program. They were in Hamilton a few years ago. Got Cassie to sign a few cards. Bobby was his usual jerkish (is that a word) self. I saw Mike head out a side door during a break. He was having a smoke by the dumpster. I waited until he was done and asked him if he would sign. He said these will probably end up on e-Bay but I told him I needed these to help me complete this set. He appeared fine with that and commented that he didn't want any of the kids to see him smoking, ergo the dumpster spot. I don't know what his habits are like but he was pretty good with me.

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