Members of the New York Islanders were touched by the organization’s tribute to Mike Bossy on Tuesday night at UBS Arena ahead of the game against the Florida Panthers.
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The “Islanders” were playing their first game at home since the sniper died – last Friday – of lung cancer.
The club held a tribute ceremony lasting around eight minutes. A video was shown and a long moment of silence was held.
“I looked at the crowd after the tribute video and I saw tears streaming down many faces,” said Mathew Barzal, whose comments were reported by the daily “New York Post”.
“There were probably several people present in the amphitheater tonight [mardi] who saw him play and win on Long Island,” continued the forward.
“I found it to be extremely moving and really well done. I think that created an emotion in anyone who had watched Mike play or had contact with him over the years,” said head coach Barry Trotz.
Bossy is the third member of the Islanders dynasty who won four Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983 to pass away recently, after Clark Gillies and Jean Potvin.
“When we talk about Potvin, Gillies, Bossy and the guys who have won four Cups in a row, we are talking about guys who have brought so much pride to Long Island. It’s very difficult to lose these people so quickly in a year, “said Matt Martin, who is currently playing his 11th season in the Islanders uniform.
“When you lose a guy, a player who was so important for the organization, so important during the Stanley Cup conquests, it’s very sad,” added veteran Zach Parisé, whose father played with Bossy in 1977. -1978.
“He was a player we watched and we saw one of the best scorers in history. We see his name, photo and number hanging from the ceiling. We understand the impact that has had with this team.”