On Friday, Mike Bossy, who was the leading scorer for the New York Islanders on each of their four-consecutive Stanley Cup winning teams from 1980-1883, passed away on Thursday at the age of 65.

Lou Lamoriello, the President of the Islanders, released a statement on Friday, which was published on the team’s official Twitter page.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz issued a statement, as well.

Others hockey fans and people in the NHL world paid tribute to the Hockey Hall of Famer, as well.

Bossy played his final game during the 1986-87 season, when he was only 30 years old. His career was shortened due to back injuries.

But while Bossy’s career wasn’t long, it was prolific. Despite playing only 10 years, he amassed 573 career goals. In every season except his last, he topped 50 goals. No other player in NHL history has scored 50 or more goals in nine consecutive seasons.

Bossy earned the Calder Trophy, honoring the NHL’s top rookie, in 1978. He made seven All-Star Games and won the Lady Byng Trophy three times. In addition to being the leading scorer on all four of New York’s Stanley Cup winning teams, Bossy won the Conn Smythe Trophy — which is awarded to the postseason MVP — in 1982.

For his accomplishments in the sport, Bossy was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame for the Class of 1991.

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