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Mike Bossy New York Islanders Game Worn Gloves - 1980-81 - 1st Team NHL All Star - League-Leading 68-Goal Season - Stanley Cup Season - 50 Goals in 50 Games Season - Photo Match
Lot #369

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Mike Bossy New York Islanders Game Worn Gloves  - 1980-81 - 1st Team NHL All Star - League-Leading 68-Goal Season - Stanley Cup Season - 50 Goals in 50 Games Season - Photo Match
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Mike Bossy New York Islanders Game Worn Gloves - 1980-81 - 1st Team NHL All Star - League-Leading 68-Goal Season - Stanley Cup Season - 50 Goals in 50 Games Season - Photo Match
Lot #369
These blue, orange and white gloves by Cooper were game worn by Mike Bossy during the 1980-81 Stanley Cup winning season. 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 1980-81 season was a special one for “The Boss”, as it saw him become only the 2nd player in NHL history to net 50 Goals in 50 Games, wearing these gloves en route to one of hockey’s most elite individual accomplishments. The 1980-81 season saw Bossy earn a spot in the NHL All Star Game, 1st Team NHL honors, lead the NHL in Goals with 68, Power Play Goals with 28, Game-Winning Goals with 10 and finish 4th in overall scoring with 119 points. The Islanders went on to capture their 2nd Stanley Cup later that spring, putting the cherry on top of an incredible season. The game wear on these Cooper gloves is tremendous and even includes some team-sewn repair work. Shown above are some beautiful photo matches of Bossy wearing these gloves on home ice during a season that will long be remembered by Islanders fans and hockey historians alike. To our knowledge these are the finest game worn Mike Bossy gloves to ever come to market and in fact the only pair of Bossy gloves we ever recall seeing. These incredible photo matched gloves should inspire spirited bidding among Islanders fans and Hall of Fame collectors alike as they quite literally protected what many consider to be the finest wrists the sport has ever known, choice!