Before we get into all your Montreal Canadiens and NHL links, the entire staff at Montreal Hockey Now and National Hockey Now would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mike Bossy who passed away Friday at the age of 65. The same goes for the entire New York Islanders organization and their fans. May you all find comfort in the amazing memories he provided through his hall of fame career and life.
The tributes and sadness from Bossy’s death flooded social media throughout the morning Friday as news of his passing spread.
The NHL 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.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 15, 2022
The New York Islanders are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the greatest pure goal scorer, four-time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Hall of Fame member, Mike Bossy. https://t.co/hbyozJ4BUS
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 15, 2022
The NHL Alumni Association is deeply saddened to learn that @NHL icon, Mike Bossy, has passed away at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mike was known to be one of the greatest pure goal-scorers to ever play the game. pic.twitter.com/N608CdoJ4n
— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) April 15, 2022
It was an honor to play with you.
You will be missed. https://t.co/EjGWhYkRby
— Wayne Gretzky (@WayneGretzky) April 15, 2022
And here’s the official statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:
“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.
“Bossy scored 573 goals in 752 games – a .76 goals-per-game average that is the highest in the League’s history. He is the only player ever to record nine straight 50-goal seasons and his five 60-goal seasons are matched only by Wayne Gretzky. One of only eight players in NHL history to have scored 50 goals in his first 50 games of a season, he was similarly dominating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, during which he scored 85 goals in 129 games.
“Though containing him was the obsession of opposing coaches and checking him the focus of opposing players, Bossy’s brilliance was unstoppable and his production relentless throughout his entire career. He scored 53 goals and won the Calder Trophy in 1977-78, and his goal-scoring never waned until the injuries that prematurely ended his career limited him to 38 goals in his final season of 1986-87 – the only season he didn’t eclipse 50 goals. Voted a First Team All-Star five times, he won the Lady Byng Trophy three times and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1982. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and named one of the NHL’s Top 100 Players in 2017, Bossy was one of our game’s all-time greats.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Lucie, their daughters, Josiane and Tanya, his former Islanders teammates and his countless fans on Long Island, the New York metropolitan area and throughout the hockey world. He thrilled fans like few others.”
For the record I’d take Mike Bossy over Alex Ovechkin any day! Bossy’s career .792 goals per game is not just the highest mark in franchise history but the highest mark in the history of the NHL. He was also clutch and led his team to four consecutive Stanley Cups. Ovechkin has just one cup ring for his entire career.
He’s back! Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price finally returned to the lineup Friday.
Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis and Price’s teammates were thrilled to have their backbone back in the lineup.
Another great Montreal Canadiens prospect feature from my MHN partner-in-scribe, Marco D’Amico. This time on Habs prospect goalie Joe Vrbetic.
National Hockey Now
NYI: Here’s Stefan Rosner’s and the NYI Hockey Now Mike Bossy Obit and Tribute.
BOS: The Boston Bruins may be without goalie Linus Ullmark for a few games as he recovers from an undisclosed (believed to be concussion) injury suffered in a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Thursday.
Pitt: If you need any reminder that Sidney Crosby is the best player since Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, read these amazing stats from Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
Wash: Sammi Silber did a Q and A with one of, if not the most hated players in the NHL, Tom Wilson. Not sure about you, but after reading that, my perspective on Wilson has changed a bit.
Florida: Is Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau a Hart Trophy candidate?
Detroit: If Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman Mo Seider doesn’t win the Calder Trophy this season, then the voters need to have their voting rights pulled.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights increased their odds of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-1 thumping of the Calgary Flames.
San Jose: The San Jose Sharks have officially been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Canada Hockey Now
Vancouver: Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat could be missing some games as he was seen leaving the arena in a boot Thursday night.
Auston Matthews got his 100th point and the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped the Putin Puppet and the Capitals 7-3.
I know the majority of you are from Montreal but I’m from Arlington, MA just outside of Boston. Nine years ago today, the Boston Marathon was attacked as two bombs went off near the finish line.
My good friend and hero Lucas Carr, who is retired Army Ranger, crossed the Boston Marathon finish line that dreadful day did just minutes before the first bomb. As so many scattered away from the explosion and towards him, he ran through the oncoming mass of frantic people and into the war zone. There he would help hold limbs and other body parts onto their owners and save multiple lives. The world needs more people like Luke!
To all those affected by the bombings, may you know you are in our hearts. BOSTON STRONG!