This forum may have gone silent but it would be derelict of a Hockey fan let alone an Islanders fan failing to acknowledge this sad day.
In my opinion Mike Bossy was the best 'pure' goal scorer in professional hockey history. In his short ten year career he scored 50 or more goals( 5 of 'em 60+)of which nine of those seasons resulted in an average of 57.3. Had he not suffered from a degenerative back condition that took hold and limited his final season to 38 goals there is no telling how many could have been added to his 573. Given his age 30 at the time its not unreasonable to expect another five or six seasons would have catapulted him near if not above Wayne and Mario.
To add,his skills weren't limited to goal scoring. A hockey notable once described Bossy as Barishnikov on ice. He skated gracefully with strides that created enough separation to his unleash his howitzer. Tactfully skating down his wing with a shark like approach gave goaltenders visions of what was about to be.
Mike's passing put my own into perspective. Gone are the years of my youth watching this marvelous athlete bring joy and excitement to my life even though it occurred for a moment at a time on a sheet of ice. Unfortunately we cannot freeze these moments in time though I will always see those teams individually and collectively being forever young.
My condolences to his wife Lucy along with his children and grandchildren. Rest In Peace Mike. May your memory never fade.
I would greatly appreciate all Hockey fans to respectfully take a moment and mark this sad occasion here with your own memories and thoughts.
Thank you rangerfan4life74 for your kind thoughts. Mike was more than a sniper though. Snipers strike when they are out of sight. When Mike created space goaltenders knew what was coming. Despite their preparedness they were beaten both physically and mentally when that situation arose. He was without a doubt the best 'pure' goal scorer in professional hockey history. Going further it would be fair and accurate to crown him the best and most efficient goal scorer of all time. His goal scoring rate was an unmatched .76 per game. So stats would bear that out.
Again thank you for your unbiased opinion. You always have demonstrated fairness and class.
Jeez! Guy Lafleur died? If I remember correctly Guy was a cancer survivor bur must have been battling it once again. He and Boss were so much alike in style. Now they are together again so quickly. May their memories never fade.