Hockey legend-turned-sports analyst Mike Bossi announced in an open letter that aired on TVA Sports on Tuesday that he is battling lung cancer.
“It is with great sadness that I must retire from your screen for an inevitable break,” the former Islanders player wrote in French.
“This is a necessary phase during which I will have to undergo treatment for lung cancer,” he continued.
“So far one-zero, but I haven’t said my last word… I intend to fight with all the determination and all the enthusiasm you have displayed to me on the ice and in my sport.”
Referring to his audience, he said, “You will never be far in my thoughts. On the contrary, you will occupy a privileged position and will be based on my motivations to be better.”
Bossi likens the challenges ahead to give a performance of his life like an athlete.
“I will need all my strength and focus,” he said.
The 64-year-old helped the Islanders win four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983.
In 10 seasons with the NHL—all along with the New York Islanders—the Montreal native scored 573 goals and 553 assists.
A recipient of the Calder Trophy (1977–1978) and Conn Smith (1981–1982), Bossy also won Lady Bing on three occasions.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and scored at least 50 goals nine times, an NHL record he shared with Wayne Gretzky.
— With files from Granthshala News ‘Annabelle Olivier’