Former National Hockey League (NHL) player and analyst Mike Bossie is battling lung cancer, he said in a letter posted on the TVA Sports website.
The former number 22 of New York Islanders, among other things, wanted to explain to the public that he was not on the air. Expressing his strong desire to overcome the disease, Mr. Bose also thanked the audience for paying attention to his words.
After announcing the “islanders” legend, hundreds of messages of support were sent to him on social media.
“I would like to send a dose of strength and immense love to my colleague and friend Mike Bossie.
“Courage Mike Bossie. We are heartfelt with you,” wrote former Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier.
“My best thoughts, Mr. Bassi,” said host Sebastian Benoit.
“Islander legend Mike Bossie wants strength in the fight against NASA county cancer,” said Laura Curran, a politician and NASA county director.
The Islanders also sent love to their former player on their Twitter account. “An island legend on and off the ice. We are with you,” the National Hockey League (NHL) said.
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Mr Bassi has captured the imagination of fans throughout his 10-year NHL career. Now 64, he helped the islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row from 1980 to 1983.
Personally, he scored a total of 573 goals, including nine straight campaigns of at least 50 goals. He still has the best average goals per game in circuit history (. 762).
The Calder Trophy recipient in 1977-1978 captured Con-Smith in 1981-1982, and Lady-Byng was awarded three times the NHL’s Most Gentleman Player.
Bassi had to end his career prematurely due to a recurring injury. To this day, he is still the leader in the history of the islanders for goals. The Montreal native was second in points, third in assists and seventh in games played.
The former Maverick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. His number 22 also retired with the islanders.
An abbreviated version of Mike Bossie’s letter
For over six years, through TVA Sports, you have allowed me to enter your lounge. As far as I know, I have the authority to tell you about hockey as far as I know. You hear me analyzing goals and saves, commenting on assists, assessing loss or success. I saw you laughing and would be with my coworkers at other times. You have always accepted or disagreed with my views. I have told you stories from my time and tried to let you know my passion for this sport that has played me for so many years. I wanted to share my experiences with you and you will always pay attention to my words. Thank you.
Today, as a matter of duty I want to retire from your screens. A necessary stop when I need to be treated for lung cancer. 1-0 so far, but I did not say my last word …
I can assure you that I want to fight on the ice and with all the determination and all the enthusiasm I saw to demonstrate myself in my game. The same decision helped me achieve my dreams and calculate my goals. When I was still wearing my skates, I was at the top of my sport.
In hockey, you always have to stop between periods to polish the ice, heal the wounds, repair the breaks, relax, review the game plan, absorb the energy of the spectators and become stronger. Come back strong with a goal in mind: win and give your all.
The battle I was about to wage was not so easy. After a very deadly hockey game, know that I will give you nothing but 100%, with the goal of meeting you again soon. You will never go too far in my thoughts. On the contrary, you occupy a remarkable position and you are one of my motivations to improve.
Just like the athletes who are going to deliver the performance of their lives, I need my strength and focus. Around my family and friends, I want to keep this sacred and peaceful place away from cameras and interviews.
I am confident that I can rely on your discretion and your understanding.
Best wishes and see you soon,