SAINTE-THERÈSE, QC – Human. Perhaps this is the word that has appeared most often to describe the legendary New York sniper, Mike Posey on Wednesday.
So it was no surprise to see hundreds of hockey fans, artisans, and media personalities come to the funeral complex on Montreal’s North Shore to pay their last respects.
Visitors were able to view an impressive array of collages featuring Bossy, the gorgeous floral arrangements that made up his number 22, his Hockey Hall of Fame plaque or the Islanders jersey signed by several former NHL stars, including Maurice Richard, J. LaFleur, Jean Bellevue and Jordi Howe. All this while images are scrolled across the screen.
He died of lung cancer at the age of 65 on April 15, and Posey made his mark in both QMJHL and the NHL, but he also rose to the occasion after his career as a hockey player.
A family man, a man of the people, everyone seemed to have a story to tell about the former right wing of the islanders. Two New York fans who were about to leave the scene also shared what that meant for them.
“He was my childhood idol. I had no choice but to come and pay the last tribute to him. I was deeply moved to see the articles with his doll,” one of them recalled.
Bossy played four seasons in QMJHL, with the Laval National, and soon showed that he had an uncommon scoring touch. He scored 309 goals, which still stands today as a Canadian junior hockey record.
Despite four consecutive seasons of more than 70 goals, Posey had to wait until No. 15 before his name was heard in the 1977 draft. Chief scout at the time, Henry Saracino, had only named Posey and once he stomped on the NHL circuits, he did not. disappoint you.
While at the funeral complex, Mario Saraceno, islander scout since the 1979-80 season and son of Henry, explained how prolific scorer Bossi was and how much a bond uniting them was.
“My father pressured the islanders very hard to choose Mike. My father died in 1979, so he could never see Mike dominate and win the Stanley Cups, but he was the very strong bond that tied us to my father and the islanders, he said. Mike was a great player. No I think he’s always got the recognition he deserves, but I’m glad to see for two weeks that people realized he was probably the best scorer that hockey had ever seen. If he didn’t have back pain, I think he could have gotten more than ten or fifteen. A season of 50 goals.
Bossy only played 10 seasons in the NHL, but his career will go down as one of the most impressive seasons of all time. His goals totaled 573 goals, including nine consecutive seasons of 50 goals, and 1,126 points in 752 games. He also played a leading role in the Islander Dynasty, which won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s.
Bossy has also won the Calder Trophy (1977-78) awarded as Rookie of the Year, the Conn Smythe Trophy (1981-1982) honoring the NHL Most Valuable Player, and three Lady Byng Awards (1983, 1984, 1986) awarded to the player who shows the best spirit athletic. He also earned eight picks from his first All-Star Team.
In 1991 Posey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1995, in the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame; In 1998, he was inducted into the Quebec Major Hockey League Hall of Fame. On the occasion of the NHL’s centenary in 2017, he was honored as one of the 100 greatest players in history.
The streak he formed with Brian Trotier and Clark Gillis is considered one of the most prolific in NHL history.
“It was probably one of the best three or four lines I’ve seen on the ice,” said radio host Ron Fournier, who was a referee in the National Hockey League until 1987. Great trio because all the elements were there. You had your natural scorer, you had a player you trusted who would get the disc and who would give you chances to score and you had a more powerful player who was protecting. I never saw (the Islanders coach) Al Arbor say anything to these three during the match. They walked on the ice and knew what to do.
Then Bossy made the leap in the media. He collaborated with 91.9 Sports before becoming an Analyst for TVA Sports. He was known for his frankness and opinions, which made him popular with hockey fans.
“There were similarities with Maurice Richard or Jay Lafleur. Mike was a stubborn guy. He let himself go at times, without being too critical. It’s tough for these guys who have gone through ages where players have given themselves to a team for years and haven’t made much money. Mike, we will never forget him. He had his own way of sarcasm and sarcasm, with his little smile,” Fournier added.
What also caught the eye during Posey’s tenure in the media was how much he respected all of his teammates, regardless of age or gender, and that he never put himself on a pedestal despite his status as a sports legend.
From radio to television, his desire to improve as a collaborator and analyst brought him closer to young media artisans who had never seen him raise his Stanley mugs onto the ice.
“At the time at 91.9 Sports I was starting my career as a producer and Mike was starting his media career, and the first time I called him I was shivering. Immediately, I spoke to a guy in a good mood, happy to start this new challenge, and he was interested in what I’m doing, as “For a journalist who lacks a lot of self-confidence and wants to do her job well, just having someone as genuine and nice as him made all the difference,” said RDS sports journalist Daphne Malboff. He wanted to get better at French, so he asked me for his help and he showed me It’s not because you’re a hockey legend on your laurels.
On Tuesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the Fleur de Lys flag will be lowered at half mast on Thursday on the main tower of the Parliament building, in honor of Busy. Legault will also attend the private funeral in Sainte-Thérèse on Thursday.