Mike Bossy: Quit Smoking, Lung Cancer, Illness, Dead Or Alive

Mike Dean Bossy or, according to some sources, Michael Jean Bossy is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played his entire National Hockey League career for the New York Islanders, and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s.

Mike Bossy: Quit Smoking, Lung Cancer, Illness, Dead Or Alive

Quit smoking:

If you’re under the age of 30, you’ll probably find it hard to believe that people used to be able to smoke in restaurants, bars, playgrounds, and even planes, trains, and buses.

You might be equally surprised by the fact that a lot of athletes and coaches once regularly – even during sports – and threw away tobacco products.

Broadcasters also smoked in those days. The neglectful cool of great Boston Celtics radio man Johnny Most once set his pants on fire while he was on the air during a game.

Lung Cancer:

“It is with a lot of sadness that I need to step away from your screens, for a necessary pause,” Bossy wrote in French in an open letter. “During this break I’ll be receiving treatment for lung cancer. (The score is) 1-0 so far, but I haven’t said my last word.”

According to Quebec-based sports channel TVA Sports, the family of Hall of Fame member and New York Island great Mike Bossy say he is resting peacefully at home while continuing his battle with lung cancer.

This news is in contrast to a report in The Hockey News that said Bossi, 65, had entered palliative care.


Mike Bossy: Quit Smoking, Lung Cancer, Illness, Dead Or Alive

Bossi, an eight-time All-Star, announced last October that he had been diagnosed with the disease. The illness forced him to step down from his analyst job at TVA Sports.

A four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Islanders (1980–83), Bossy recorded 1,126 points (573 goals, 553 assists) in 752 NHL regular-season games. He spent his entire 10-season career with the team.

Bossy won the 1978 Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year and the 1982 Cone Smyth Trophy as Playoff Most Valuable Player. He was also a three-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient (1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86).

Dead or Alive:

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy told the media Monday morning that Bruins winger Craig Smith should be able to play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cassidy also said that defenseman Derek Forbort (lower-body) will sit out and newcomer Josh Brown will play his second game on the Bruins’ blue line. Brown will be paired with Mike Reilly.

While his number was retired at TD Garden Rafters back on January 18, Hall of Famer Willie O’Ree was finally seen hanging out in person on Saturday at number 22 above the TD Garden rink.

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