Mike Bossy’s career was the stuff of make-believe, because when you are done assessing his statistics, trophies and all other accolades in between, one very important factor is sometimes lost in the shuffle. He was forced to leave the game he dominated at the age of 30.
They say the sport of hockey has changed, that fighting and goonery has been shelved in place of more skill, more speed and more fair play. Really? The New York Islanders seem to want to believe all this and have for years built teams as such.
What happens when you put three former hockey greats – Pat LaFontaine, Clark Gillies and Bobby Nystrom — in a room together? You are immediately transformed to an era in sports where the heart and the soul of an athlete outweighed the financial rewards of winning.