The Islanders will honor the 17 players that comprised the Islanders dynasty, along with GM Bill Torrey and Coach Al Arbour at the Core of 4 Celebration on Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 pm when the team hosts the Florida Panthers. This is one in a series of tributes to the members of the Core of 4.
|Mike Bossy |
As one of the most prolific Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players in history, it would have been only logical to choose Mike Bossy, if not first overall, then at least in the top five of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. However, that was not the case.
Pegged as a player who had instinctive scoring skills, but lacked the defensive wherewithal, Bossy slipped in his Draft year. Team after team elected to go with more careful picks, and team after team would soon regret their decision. The Rangers and Toronto each had two selections prior to the Islanders' 15th pick, but that could not sway their decision.
Islanders GM Bill Torrey decided to take a chance on the 6-0, 185 pound Montreal native, and the gamble paid off. Bossy went on to become one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history, amassing 573 goals in 752 games, far more than anyone else in his draft year. Interestingly enough, the next closest 1977 draftee was the Islanders' second pick, John Tonelli, who totaled 325 goals during his illustrious career.
The brash, young Bossy admitted during his contract negotiations to have told Torrey that he guaranteed he would score 50 goals in his first year. True to his word, Bossy became the first player in NHL history to eclipse the 50-goal plateau in his rookie season, scoring 53 goals on his way to the 1978 Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
Bossy would go on to record nine straight 50-goal seasons, which is still a record to this day. The Islanders' current Executive Director of Corporate Relations would also record four 60-goal seasons, topping out at 69 in 1978-79.
Despite being willing to fight for loose pucks and work hard around the net, Bossy never exceeded 38 penalty minutes in a season, which earned him three Lady Byng Memorial Trophies. He played the game with as much grace as any anyone.
|Mike Bossy |
The right wing was no less stellar when it mattered most - the playoffs. Bossy holds the Islanders' all-time record for goals scored in the postseason with 85, in just 129 games. He was instrumental in the team's four straight Stanley Cups, leading the team in goal scoring for the final three years, with a consistent 17 in each of those postseasons. His productivity earned him the Conn Smythe Award in 1982 as the playoff MVP.
His most memorable series may have come against the Boston Bruins during the 1983 Conference Finals. Bossy led the team in that six-game series with 13 points, including nine goals. Perhaps the most astonishing mark was his four game-winning goals, which remains an NHL record.
Bossy's clutch goal scoring may never be matched. Whether it was scoring a hat trick to reach 50 goals in 50 games during the 1980-81 season or scoring one of his 17 game-winning goals in the postseason, the Islanders could always rely on Bossy when they needed him most.
His consistency throughout his injury-shortened, ten-year career has led him to claim the highest goal-per-game average in NHL history, making him arguably the greatest goal scorer of all-time.Mike Bossy's All Time Stats
25 YEARS LATER...A DYNASTY HONORED
Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here.
Islanders fans, coming soon is the weekend event of the season that everyone has been eagerly anticipating. On the weekend of March 1, the Islanders will honor some of the most remarkable men in NHL history as they kickoff Allstate Core of the Four weekend. As every Islanders fan knows, the Islanders were the talk of the town and the NHL during the 1980s, thanks to their incredible run of four Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. The Islanders organization is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 17 men who were a part of all four championship teams.FAN APPRECIATION DAY: SATURDAY MARCH 1
Saturday, March 1 is all about you, the fans. Fan Appreciation Day, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2 pm, will honor the greatest fans in the NHL. As a thank you, the Islanders organization will be giving away hundreds of prizes all game long. The Core of the Four Alumni will be attending our annual Fan Appreciation Day Game. Kids will also be treated to a post-game on ice puck shootout.
On the Nassau Coliseum ice there will be a presentation for the winner of Bill Guerin’s Chopper motorcycle, which is currently being auctioned off at newyorkislanders.com.
All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtest of Valtech. The first 10,000 fans can pick up Islanders trading cards upon entrance into the Nassau Coliseum.Click here to purchase tickets to Fan Appreciation Day on March 1, when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers.THE MAIN EVENT – ALLSTATE CORE OF THE FOUR DAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 2
The Islanders host the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum at 4 pm on Sunday, March 2, but the day's events start long before the drop of the puck.
If there was ever a time to be at the Coliseum, it would be at 2 pm for the Walk of Champions. Islanders fans will have the chance to cheer on the Core of Four as they make their way from the Marriott to the Coliseum in the ceremonial, red carpet Walk of Champions.
Fans will see the Core of the Four as they make their way into the Coliseum and on the ice, where they will be greeted by the game’s most prized possession – the Stanley Cup. This will be an event that will not be forgotten by those witnessing it. The honored guests are:Bill Torrey
Trainer Ron Waske
and equipment manager Jim Pickard
, who were with the team for all four Stanley Cups, will also be honored as part of the event. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald
will serve as the Master of Cereonies.
A special ceremony for the Core of the Four members will begin at 3 pm on the Coliseum ice. All fans in attendance will receive a Sharp commemorative Core of the Four banner.
Throughout the game, the Stanley Cup will be on display at the concourse for photo ops.
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