Mike Bossy’s former Islanders teammate Bryan Trottier pulled out his guitar to pay tribute to his old friend.
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She moved the crowd in the room by singing Willie Nelson’s “On the road again” in English and French. Nice gesture on her part. Later, she delivered a song that she wrote for Bossy during the pandemic.
“Music can have some healing power,” said Bryan Trottier. He wanted to give these two songs to Mike and his family.
“Mike was my roommate on the way. I used to tease him with that Willie Nelson song. Mike helped me translate the song into French and started singing it with me.
Trottier did not want to miss this day for the world.
“Mike is the best of all. Along with Denis Potvin, Billy Smith and Clark Gillies, he was the heart and soul of our team. It’s the least we can do to be here to be there for Mike’s family. We will miss you.”
Along with his two songs, Trottier told a story that spoke of his former right-back’s talent and determination.
It happened in Minnesota. Battling back pain, Bossy asked his teammate for a favor.
“He couldn’t put on his socks and tie his shoes,” the former Islanders No. 19 explained. Once in the arena, he laced up her skates. A bit of an embarrassing scene.
“After the warm-up period, he was wondering how he was going to play the game. I told him to stay inside the blue line and the magic worked. He scored three goals.”
In fact, it was back pain that prematurely ended Bossy’s career in 1987.
“Mike has taken a lot of shots to score in his career,” Trottier added. He didn’t like being off the scoreboard and not being able to contribute to the team’s success.
“I hated not being fit enough to contribute. I just wanted to be the best.”
John Tonelli, another former teammate of Bossy’s, was on the guest list but was unable to attend.
The flower arrangements, in the colors of the islanders, were sublime. Two large mounts could be seen with Bossy’s famous number 22 on the front.
TVA Sports analyst and former Islanders standard bearer Éric fichaud took charge of the ballot box after the event.