Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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HALL OF FAMER MIKE BOSSY JOINS MSG NETWORKS AS HOCKEY ANALYST
New York, NY (September 9, 2014) – MSG Networks announced today that hockey legend and Hall of Famer Mike Bossy has been hired as a hockey analyst for the 2014-15 season. Bossy will appear on MSG's popular hockey roundup show "Hockey Night Live" on Saturday evenings and will also handle studio analysis for select Islanders telecasts on MSG+. Bossy played for the New York Islanders for a decade, his entire playing career, and was instrumental in their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions ('80, '81, '82, '83). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and had his #22 sweater retired by the Islanders on March 3, 1992.
"Mike Bossy is a hockey legend and one of the greatest Islanders of all-time, and to have him on our networks providing analysis on the NHL and the Islanders will be a win for hockey fans," said Daniel Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. "With four Stanley Cup championships and a Hall of Fame Career under his belt, it's a pleasure and honor to welcome Mike to the MSG Networks family."
"I'm excited to join MSG Networks and to share my knowledge of hockey and the Islanders with New York's very passionate and loyal hockey fans," said Bossy. "There are so many great story lines with all the local hockey teams this year, and of course it's the last year for the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum, and that is something that will be very meaningful to me personally. I can't wait to get started with MSG Networks."
Mike Bossy was the New York Islanders first choice, 15th overall in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. In his rookie season he scored a then-record 53 goals, winning the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, and was named a Second Team All-Star. In the 1980-81 season, Bossy became the second player to score 50 goals in 50 games, finishing the season with 68 goals in 79 games. Bossy set a scoring record for right-wingers in 1982 with 147 points, while also winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy. He officially retired after the 1987-88 season after scoring 573 goals and 553 assists in 752 NHL games, all with the Islanders. He rejoined the organization in 2006 working with the front office in sponsorship and fan development.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick