Originally aired on the January 14th, 2007 broadcast of NY Hockey Talk on WGBB.
Former New York Islanders legend and hockey hall of famer Mike Bossy talk about his storied career and his current role with the team.
The discussion begins with a trip down memory lane to the 1977 NHL draft, where the New York Rangers passed over Mike twice before he was selected 15th overall by the Islanders. Mike reveals that he had never heard of Long Island before the draft, but how he grew to love the area.
Mike talks about his iconic partnership with Brian Trottier, whom he calls both a great hockey player and friend. Mike reminisces about the success of the team, highlighted by four Stanley Cups, and Mike's consistent scoring prowess with an impressive record of nine consecutive seasons with 50 or more goals.
Mike talks about some of the toughest opponents Mike faced in his career, acknowledging the physical challenges he encountered as a prolific goal scorer.
When asked about today's NHL players, Mike acknowledges that the game has evolved significantly. He emphasizes his admiration for players like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin for their goal-scoring abilities. He also praises Pittsburgh Penguins' stars, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, acknowledging their talent and excitement on the ice.
The conversation turns to Mike's post-retirement career, including his time as a TV announcer for the Quebec Nordiques and his successful stint as a radio personality in Quebec. Mike reveals that he continues to be involved in radio and television, balancing his commitments with his current role with the Islanders.
Transitioning back to the Islanders, the host discusses the team's recent changes, including Charles Wang's ownership decisions and Rick DiPietro's long-term contract. Mike believes that the team has the potential for future success and that stability is crucial for any organization to thrive.
Praising Coach Ted Nolan's efforts, Mike applauds the team's work ethic and highlights the importance of special teams in the modern NHL.
The interview concludes with a mention of Mike's blog, which he enjoys writing to share his thoughts and stay connected with fans. Mike invites listeners to check out the blog and the Islanders' website for more exciting content.
Overall, the interview offers a delightful glimpse into Mike Bossy's remarkable career, love for the game, and positive outlook on the New York Islanders future.