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New York Islanders Legend Mike Bossy Announces he is Battling Lung Cancer

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New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy revealed on Tuesday that he was stepping away from his role as a commentator for TVA’s coverage of the NHL as battles lung cancer.

Bossy made the stunning announcement in an open letter on TVA Sports’ website. Bossy has worked on their coverage of the NHL since 2015.

“Today, it is with great sorrow that I must retire from your screens, for an obligatory break,” Bossy wrote according to a translated copy of the letter. “A necessary stop during which I will have to receive treatment for lung cancer. 1-0 so far, but I haven’t said my last word. I can assure you that I intend to fight with all the determination and all the ardor that you have seen me display on the ice and in my game.

“That same determination that has helped me achieve my dreams and counting my goals, the one that propelled me to the top of my sport, when I still put on my skates.” 

Mike Bossy spent all 10 years of his NHL career with the New York Islanders, where he won four Stanley Cups during the dynasty years in the 1980s. He retired in 1988, but not before winning Calder Trophy his rookie year, the Conn Smyth Award in 1982 and become just one of five players to ever score 50 goals in 50 games.

Bossy is often considered one of the greatest pure goal scorers that have played in the NHL and he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. The Islanders retired his No. 22 a year later in 1992, making him just the second player in franchise history to have that honor bestowed upon them.

The hockey great does not plan on fighting his battle in front of the cameras and will remain out of the public eye while spending time with his family and friends during the trying times.

“The battle I am about to wage will not be easy. Know that I will give my 100%, nothing less, with the objective of meeting you again soon, after a very eventful hockey game,” Bossy wrote. “You will never be very far in my thoughts. On the contrary, you will occupy a privileged place and you will be one of my motivations to get better. 

“Like athletes who are about to deliver the performance of their lives, I will need all of my strength and focus. Surrounded by my family and friends, I wish to preserve this sacred and peaceful space, far from cameras and interviews.”

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