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Mike Bossy & Clark Gillies New York Islanders Autographed Nassau Coliseum Seatback
Lot #1073

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Mike Bossy & Clark Gillies New York Islanders Autographed Nassau Coliseum Seatback
Lot #1073

This Nassau Coliseum plush seatback has been personally signed by Hockey Hall of Famers, New York Islanders Mike Bossy and Clark Gillies.

The New York Islanders selected Bossy in the 1st round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. Bossy burst onto the scene in 1977-78 and as a rookie scored a record setting 53 goals and captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Bossy spent his entire 10-year injury shortened career with the New York Islanders where he helped his team to Dynasty status by capturing 4 consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980’s.

His individual accomplishments are plentiful and simply too lengthy to list in full. Some of the highlights include an NHL record nine consecutive 50-Goal seasons, having done so in all but his final season where he was limited to 63 games after which he retired in his prime due to chronic back problems. In 1981, Mike became the 2nd player in NHL history to reach 50-Goals in 50-Games, doing so in dramatic fashion and tying a mark set by Maurice Rocket Richard four decades earlier. Mike has the highest goals per game average of the modern era at .762, and he led the NHL in goals twice. He is tied with Wayne Gretzky as the only players to have scored 60-Goals in 5 different seasons. Mike is tied with Hall of Famer Joe Malone as the only players to ever score hat tricks in 3 consecutive games. Bossy won the 1982 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and is a 3-time recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy. In a career limited to 752 games, Bossy scored 573 goals and 1126 points. His playoff acumen is no less impressive having scored 85 goals and 160 points in 129 games played. Mike was 8-times a 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star at Right Wing and played in 7 NHL All Star games. On the international scene Bossy represented Team NHL in the 1979 Challenge Cup Series against the Soviet Union, and played in the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cups. Bossy was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame upon eligibility in 1991 and had his player number 22 retired by the Islanders in 1992.

The Islanders selected Gillies with the 4th overall pick in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. “Jethro” joined the Islanders for the start of the 1974-75 season and, not coincidentally, helped lead the team to their first ever playoff appearance later that spring. It was a thrashing of Philadelphia’s goon Dave Schultz during the 1975 Semi Finals that served notice to the league that Clark was a force to be reckoned with. The Isles lost a hard-fought series in 7 games to the Flyers after trailing three games to none for the 2nd series in a row, thus finishing a game shy of the Stanley Cup Finals in only their 3rd season as a franchise.

Gillies became the NHL’s premier power forward during the late 1970’s thru the early 1980’s. In addition to his devastating fighting prowess, Clark was 6-times a 30-Goal scorer and he was part of one of the best lines in NHL history playing Left Wing alongside fellow Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Gillies was named 1st Team NHL All Star in 1978 and 1979 and he played in the NHL All Star game in 1978 as well as in the 1979 Challenge Cup, a 3-game series against the Soviet Union. Gillies also represented Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup. Clark served several years as the Islanders Team Captain in the late 1970’s after taking over from Ed Westfall and thus became the 2nd Captain in franchise history. Gillies played in 5 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals from 1980-84 and won 4 straight Stanley Cups as the New York Islanders gained Dynasty status. Gillies had his player number “9” raised to the rafters and retired by the Islanders and was also deservingly inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

Both signatures are extremely large and signed in silver sharpie.