NY Islanders veteran Mike Bossy has passed away at age 65 following a battle with lung cancer. The ice hockey legend went public with his diagnosis in October when he stepped away from his job at TVA Sports, confirming the illness was terminal.
Bossy was a legend in his sport and will be sorely missed by fans. He was a shining part of the New York Islanders’ dynasty and played with the team for his entire NHL career. He leaves behind his wife Lucie and their two children.
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RIP Mike Bossy, NY Islanders legend
Mike Bossy was born in Montreal in 1957. He was selected to play for the Islanders in the first round in 1977, aged 20, kickstarting his athletic career, and became one of their most prolific scorers. He played his entire NHL career with the Islanders, scoring 573 goals (first all-time in franchise history), 553 assists, for 1,126 points, in 752 games.
Bossy died on 15 April 2022 from lung cancer.
“The New York Islanders organization mourns the loss of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but the entire hockey world,” Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement following his death. “His drive to be the best every time he stepped on the ice was second to none. Along with his teammates, he helped win four straight Stanley Cup championships, shaping the history of this franchise forever.”
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Who is Mike Bossy’s wife? Meet Lucie Bossy and daughters, Josiane and Tanya
Mike Bossy’s wife, Lucie Bossy (née Creamer), was born in French-speaking Montreal. She met her future husband, Mike Bossy when he was 14 while working at the snack bar in the arena he played at.
The couple got married in July 1977, the day after Bossy signed his first contract with the Islanders. They have two daughters, Josiane and Tanya, and two grandchildren, Alexe and Gabriele.
In a 1981 interview with Sports Illustrated, when his oldest daughter was just 16 months old, Bossy said he would retire by 30 if his career got in the way of his family life. Away from the rink, Bossy kept a low profile to protect his family from public scrutiny.
Lucie and Mike raised their daughters with the French language.
According to her Instagram, Josiane is an artist based in her father’s home city of Montreal who specialises in acrylic and ink paintings. Tanya earned a degree in neuroscience at McGill University and currently works in healthcare administration.
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Heartbreaking messages pour in from fans
Fans were devasted by the news of Bossy’s passing, and rushed to social media to share their condolences and memories.
One fan said on Twitter: “So many great memories of watching Mike Bossy play at Maple Leaf Gardens! Great player! RIP Mike Bossy!”
Another wrote: “I lived through and have vivid recollections of the era when Mike Bossy & Guy LaFleur were absolute certainties to score the Big Goal That Stole Your Soul.”
Someone else added: “My sincerest condolences to Mike Bossy’s family and friends and to the New York Islander’s family as well. Today is heartbreaking. I’m a lifelong Oilers fan who loved watching Mike Bossy play. One of the best ever!”