Islanders and former rivals remember the ‘gentleman’ Mike Bossy – The Athletic

The sport of hockey is not usually for the faint of heart. That was especially true in the NHL in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Mike Bossy was trying to make his mark as a young, prolific winger who came from QMJHL in Laval, about a half-hour drive away. He grew up in Montréal . Bench fights, hoes and smashes, cross-checks in the small of the back—all of these were pretty commonplace back then.

Bossy broke into the islanders and threw himself headfirst into some heated rivalries. Playing against the Rangers next door and the Flyers, just two hours away on I-95, had a particular advantage. These teams didn’t like each other, and it showed.

Bossy died Friday, and tributes poured in from all corners of the hockey world. Wayne Gretzky expressed his regret. So does Larry Robinson. A few NHL team Twitter accounts paid their respects. Of course, so did NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

But the mark Bossy left on the hockey world, both as a player and as a man, is perhaps best seen in what some of his true rivals had to say about him — guys he’s tormented with his ability to do this timely one , scoring the seminal goal he has so often considered one of the game’s most talented straight goalscorers.

“I would see him at Islanders games as an ambassador and stuff. Islanders and former rivals remember the ‘gentleman’ Mike Bossy – The Athletic

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