Mike Bossi, a former New York Islanders winger and TVA hockey analyst, is battling lung cancer.
He announced the news in a letter to TVA Sports on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that I need to step away from your screen, for a necessary break. During this break I will be undergoing treatment for lung cancer. (the score is) 1-0 so far, but I haven’t said my last word,” Bossi wrote.
“I intend to fight with all the determination and fire that you have seen showing me on the ice.”
Referring to the audience, he said: “You will never be far away in my mind. On the contrary, you will have a seat of choice and be a part of something that inspires me to be better.
“Like all athletes who prepare for the biggest performance of their lives, I will need all my strength and all my concentration.”
Bossy, 64, helped the Islanders win 4 straight Stanley Cups starting in 1980.
The Montreal native scored 573 goals and 1,126 points in 10 seasons.
Bossi won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1987 and Conn Smith as the league’s MVP in 1982. She was also awarded the Lady Byng Trophy for Sportsmanship in 1983, ’84 and ’86.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.