Update: Former New York Islanders great Mike Bossy resting peacefully at home
Mike Bossy has entered palliative care as he continues to fight lung cancer. The Hall of Famer and New York Islanders great has opted to return home to spend his remaining days with loved ones.
According to The Hockey News’ report on Monday, no official announcement has come from Bossy’s representatives on the matter.
UPDATE: The Hockey News has taken down the article. A report from the CBC states his family says he’s resting peacefully at home.
Mike Bossy battling lung cancer
This past October, Bossy revealed he was battling lung cancer in an open letter.
“Today it is with sadness that I must retire from your screens for a mandatory break,” Bossy wrote in French. “A necessary break during which I will have to receive treatment for lung cancer.
“I can tell you that I intend to fight with the determination and the enthusiasm that you have seen me display on the ice and in my game. That same determination that helped me achieve my dreams and my goals, the one that propelled me to the top of my sport, when I still put on my skates.”
“The battle I am about to wage will not be easy,” Bossy continued. “Know that I will give my 100 percent, nothing less, with the objective of meeting you again soon, after a very eventful hockey game. 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.”
Bossy enters palliative care
The Hockey News also indicated that Bossy’s condition has worsened over time.
Bossy, 65, an eight-time All-Star, announced last October that he had been diagnosed with the disease. The illness forced him to step away from his analyst job at TVA Sports.
A four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Islanders (1980-83), Bossy recorded 1,126 points (573 goals, 553 assists) in 752 career games. He spent his entire 10-season NHL career with the team.
Bossy won the 1978 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year, and the 1982 Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. He also was a three-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient (1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86).
A chronic back injury forced Bossy to retire following the 1986-87 season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article.