The New York Islanders are in Montreal to face the Canadiens tonight, the back end of one of four back-to-backs they have in this compressed month to finish out this crappy season.
I bumped our news roundup this morning as the news of Mike Bossy’s passing came across. Nothing felt appropriate other than to mourn and pay tribute in the thread around Dan’s touching tribute to the greatest sniper of all time.
Maybe it’s fitting that the Isles are in Quebec on this day, with the passing of their Montreal-born legend? No, nothing is fitting about this. Mike Bossy is dead at age 65, three months after Clark Gillies passed and a month after Jean Potvin.
I know they’re all in “that” age range but it still feels wrong. (And if you’ve been touched by cancer, which odds are you probably have, you know the helpless frustration the Bossy family and others must be feeling.) I guess I’m glad these guys got to see the Islanders rebound as a franchise the last few years and give us not-unreasonable dreams of a fifth Cup the last to postseasons.
This season has sucked in so many ways. But hockey marches on, and the Isles are in Montreal to face the Canadiens tonight. Carey Price is expected to make his long-awaited return for the Canadiens. Expect the Isles to use Semyon Varlamov.
Hug your loved ones, and try to take joy from the game like Gillies, Potvin and Bossy did.
“I want to send our thoughts and prayers from the Islanders family to the Bossy family. Mike Bossy was a great ambassador to the Islanders and a great ambassador to the game of hockey. He was one of the great scorers and one of the great people in the league. He will be missed." pic.twitter.com/O7Gx8oWicM— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 15, 2022
“He made it look easy. The way he could find spots and place pucks. He gets labeled as one of the best pure goal scorers of all time and he rightfully has that. Watching his highlights, it’s fun watching how was able to do it.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 15, 2022
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