After nearly half a year of serious illness, Mike Posey, one of the best hockey players of all time, passed away on Friday at the age of 65.
Posey, who won four Stanley Cups (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983) in a series with the New York Islanders, announced in October that she was being treated for lung cancer. Her condition deteriorated despite the treatments, until she decided to switch to so-called palliative care in early April and spend the last part of her life with her family and loved ones.
Bossy was promoted to the North American (NHL) profile in the 1977/78 season and was named Rookie of the Year. In the early 80s, he became a champion with the islanders four times without a break. In the 1982 and 1983 finals, the squad triumphed with his goal – he was also the most valuable playoff player in the previous race – while in the 1983 run in the main group final against the Boston Bruins, all four successes were met with his hits. Far from the New York Corps. No hockey player has been able to do such a feat since then.
He’s hit the five-goal nine times in his National Hockey League career, and only the legendary Wayne Gretsky has succeeded. He scored 573 goals in 752 games in the regular season – the eternal leader with such a good percentage (0.762 goals / game) – and provided 553 assists. 1,126 points is the third highest on average (1,497 points/match). He scored 160 points (85 goals and 75 assists) in 129 qualifying matches.
He appeared seven times in the All Star Gala and retired after the 1986/87 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for a four-year term.
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