Today we take a look back at the career–in cards–of Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy. In 10 seasons, Bossy scored 50 or more goals in all but his last one, which was cut short by injuries. A bad back forced him to retire at age 30.But he accomplished more in 10 seasons that what most players do in 20. 1977-78 – In Bossy’s first year in the league, he scored 53 goals and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year. No card was issued of him during this season.
1978-79 Topps #115 – Bossy’s rookie card. In his 2nd year, he netted 69 goals
1979-80 Topps #161 (Record Breaker) – In his 3rd season, Bossy scored51 goals. He also scored 23 points (10-13-23) in the playoffs, helping the New York Islanders win their first of four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships.
1982-83 O-Pee-Chee #199 – Another season, another 60 goals. Oh, and his first Lady Byng Trophy for being the NHL’s most gentlemanly player.
1984-85 Topps #91 – Yet another “over 50” season, Bossy got 58 goals that year.
1986-87 O-Pee-Chee #90 – Due to injuries, Bossy played in 63 games.Despite missing 17 games, he’d score 38 goals and 37 assists for a total of 75 points.
1987-88 Topps #105 – Bossy retired at the end of the previous season, so he did not play any games in 1987-88.
1987 to 1990 – Bossy was a broadcaster for the Quebec Nordiques.
1991 – Bossy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1992 – The New York Islanders retired Bossy’s jersey number 22. Considering all his accomplishments, it makes you wonder why the Isles waited so long to do this.
Speaking of accomplishment,s Bossy…
- Had 9 consecutive seasons of scoring 50 or more goals, which still stands as a record today
- Was selected to the First All-Star Team 5 times
- Won 3 Lady Byng Trophies
- Won 1 Conn Smythe Trophy
- Won the Calder Memorial Trophy
- …and was a big part of 4 Stanley Cup Championship teams
If back problems had not cut his career short, who knows what else he would have accomplished.