The Hockey Hall of Famer has scored 573 goals in 10 seasons with the Islanders

Mike Bossy has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is moving away from his role as a hockey analyst at TVA Sports.

The 64-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer announced his illness on Tuesday in an open letter in French on the TVA Sports website.

“You’ve allowed me to go into your living room for more than six years through TVA Sports,” Bossy wrote. “I have the privilege of telling you about the game as I understand it. And I know it. होते I wanted to share my experiences with you and you always paid attention to my words. Thank you.

“Today is sad that I have to retire from your screen for a mandatory break. A necessary break during which I will have to undergo treatment for lung cancer.

“I can tell you that my determination and the enthusiasm with which you have shown me on the ice and in my sport is my goal. That same determination helped me achieve my dreams and my goals, which inspired me. When I was still playing, my The highest in the game. “

Bossy scored 1,126 points (573 goals, 553 assists) in 752 games in his 10 NHL seasons, all with the New York Islanders. The former forward ranks 22nd in NHL history, but his average of 0.76 goals per game is the highest of all players with at least 200 games.

He scored 160 points (85 goals, 75 assists) in 129 Stanley Cup playoff games and helped the Islanders win the Cup in four consecutive seasons (1980-83). In 1922, he was named the most valuable player in the playoffs, the Con Smith Trophy.

Bossy also won the Lady Bing Trophy, an annual award given to an NHL player, three times (1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86) voted best for combining sports skills, decent behavior and ability.

Bossy, selected by the Islanders with 15th place in the 1977 NHL Draft, was selected as the Calder Trophy winner of the NHL Rookie of the Year in 1977-78, scoring 91 points (53 goals, 38 assists) in 73 overs. Games.

This was the first of nine NHL-record nine straight 50-goal seasons for Bossy, including five with at least 60.

“He’s extremely dangerous in front of the net,” said Al Arbor, who coached the Islanders in their championship season, being named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017 in Bossy’s profile. “His hands are like lightning and he’s a great instinct for the puck.”

Bossy had to retire after the 1986-87 season due to a back injury. He was ranked first in the Islanders’ history, second in points, third in assists, and seventh, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

“Just like the life thalits who are at the moment of performing in their life, I will need all my strength and all my attention,” Bossy said. “Surrounded by my family and friends, I want to keep this sacred and peaceful privacy away from cameras and interviews.”

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