Legendary Islanders right wing Mike Bossy is returning to the organization in an official capacity for the first time since his retirement as a player in 1987. The 49-year old Bossy has been named the team's new Executive Director of Corporate Relations.
It's wonderful to be back with the Islanders, said Bossy, whose No. 22 was retired by the Islanders in 1992. This franchise and all of Long Island hold a special place in my heart. I have made a commitment to (Islanders owner) Charles Wang to do everything in my power to make the Islanders successful. A big part of that will be establishing partnerships with local and national businesses. A major professional sports franchise like the Islanders needs the support of corporate sponsors.
In just his first week on the job, Bossy worked with Islanders Senior VP Mike Milbury on closing a major multi-year deal with the New York Lottery.
œCharles Wang's dedication to the Islanders and the Long Island community makes the team a great partner for us, said New York Lottery Director Nancy Palumbo. œWe think it's fantastic that the Islanders are welcoming their heroes like Mike Bossy back into the organization.
Bossy is the second Islanders Hall of Famer to rejoin the team. This summer, Hall of Fame center Bryan Trottier a close friend and teammate of Bossy's was named Executive Director of Player Development. Bossy and Trottier will take part in the ceremonial faceoff at the Islanders home opener against Boston on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.
In just 752 career games, Bossy scored 573 goals and recorded 553 assists for 1,126 points with only 210 penalty minutes.
He is the only player to have scored 50-or-more goals for nine consecutive seasons and is one of two players to have ever scored 60-or-more goals in as many as six seasons.
Bossy averaged .762 goals per game in the regular season, more than any other player in NHL history. He averaged .659 goals per game in the playoffs, second only to Mario Lemieux at .710.
Appeared in eight consecutive All-Star games in his first eight NHL seasons.
On April 1, 1978, became the first Islander and first rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season, in a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals.
As a rookie in 1977-78, won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year and was named a Second Team All-Star.
On February 19, 1979, scored his 100th NHL goal in his 129th career game, becoming the fastest player at the time to score 100 goals in NHL history.
On April 8, 1979, scored his 69th goal of the season. At the time, it was the second highest total in NHL history.
In 1980-81, scored 50 goals in 50 games, the first to do so since Maurice Richard thirty-six years earlier. Also became just the second NHL player to do so.
Scored a career-high five goals on January 13, 1981.
Won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the Islanders from 1980 to 1983.
On January 14, 1984, scored his 400th career goal in his 506th NHL game. At the time it was the quickest 400 goals scored in NHL history by a player.
Played in the Canada Cup two times and scored the winning goal in overtime against the Soviet Union in 1984 to win the tournament.
On January 2, 1986, he became the first Islander to score 500 goals.
Was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1991.
The Islanders retired his #22 jersey on March 3, 1992 at the Nassau Coliseum.
First all-time in goals scored by an Islander with 573.
Third all-time in assists recorded by an Islander with 553.
Second all-time in points scored by an Islander with 1,126.
First all-time in power play goals scored by an Islander with 181.
First all-time in short handed goals scored by an Islander with 82.
First all-time in hat tricks scored by an Islander 39.
Sixth all-time in games played by an Islander with 752.
Calder Trophy (1978)
Lady Byng Memorial Award (1983, 1984, 1986)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1982)
NHL All-Star Game appearances: 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986