Islanders let 22 fly

On March 3, 1992, The New York Islanders retired number 22 for right winger Mike Bossy, the number was chosen because he was born on January 22, 1957.

Bossy spent three seasons with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Laval Nationals before being selected 15th overall in the 1977 amateur draft. His career with the Islanders included four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.

Bossy scored 53 goals his rookie season, earning the title, Rookie of the Year. At the time of his retirement, he held the record of getting to 500 goals the fastest (647 games). Two players have hit the milestone quicker, Wayne Gretzky (575) and Mario Lemieux (605).

Bossy was often a target for hard hits and punches, but his passive attitude was enough revenge. He took advantage of the one man advantage to score. Unfortunately, getting checked into the wall lead to back problems, forcing the legend to retire at 30.

Bossy has been the Executive director of the Islanders Business Club since 2006. He demonstrates strengths in business when he is working with clients as well as a sense of humor with children who are not old enough to remember the hockey legend that he was.

“There will be times when I’ll visit suites during the season and there will be kids in the suites and they don’t remember who Mike Bossy is or was and that he played for the team, so I always jokingly make a reference to them that my sweater is hanging up in the rafters in the building.”

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