Thanks to a genius post from the official New York Islanders Facebook account, the great Mike Bossy scored 50 goals in 50 “days.”
By Robby Sabo
Throughout the tough, rugged and illustrious history of the National Hockey League, certain records stand alone.
First off, we have Wayne Gretzky. The man compiled 894 goals, 1,963 assists for 2,857 points during his ridiculous 20-year NHL career. He has more assists than anybody has points. He holds or shares 61 NHL records.
What he also accomplished was the legendary “50 goals in 50 games” feat. This is when a hockey players tallies 50 goals within his team’s first 50 games of a season. In today’s NHL, that is simply unimaginable based on its defensive ways.
The New York Islanders official Facebook account decided to spread some knowledge and history on this very clever social media trend that is “Throwback Thursday.” So, naturally, they selected one of their own, Mike Bossy.
During the 1980-81 season Bossy buried 48 pucks in the back of the net after the Isles 49th game was said and done with. During the 50th game his legend grew with two dramatic goals during the last five-minutes to play to achieve the remarkable 50-for-50 record.
So, the Isles shared the love today:
What? “50 goals. 50 days?”
This would mean Bossy scored 50 goals way before the Isles 50th game. In fact, it would have taken place on November 30th in a game which saw New York take on the now defunct Quebec Nordiques.
According to Facebook today, Bossy scored 50 goals in 26 games (due to the season starting on October 11 of that particular year).
Folks, it’s time to acknowledge the fact that Mike Bossy has done more than we could ever have imagined. Forget possible parades for the Yankees or Mets this season, reserve the Canyon of Heroes for Bossy right now.
And yes, we get it. “50 goals in 50 days” is “technically” still correct based on each game was played on one day (thus equaling 50 days). Still, the 50-in-50 accomplishment is such a prestigious mark in hockey for which nobody should butcher.
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