“Today, it is with sadness that I have to retire from your screens for a mandatory break. A necessary break during which I will have to receive treatment for lung cancer, ”Bossy wrote in a letter to The TVA website which was translated by NHL.com.
“I can tell you that I intend to fight with the determination and enthusiasm that you have seen me display on the ice and in my game. That same determination that has helped me achieve my dreams and my goals, the one that propelled me to the top of my sport when I was still playing. “
Bossy, 64, was one of the stars of the New York Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s, helping the team win four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983. He scored 573 goals and 1,126 points in only 752 career games in 10 seasons. His 0.76 goals per game are the most players with at least 200 games and he set an NHL record with at least 50 goals in nine consecutive seasons.
A back injury forced him to retire after the 1986-87 season and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
“Just like athletes who are about to deliver the performance of their lives, I’m going to need all of my strength and focus,” Bossy wrote of his battle with cancer. “Surrounded by my family and friends, I would like to keep this sacred and peaceful privacy, away from cameras and interviews. “