Sunday, January 24, 2016
Sports from the Past - Mike Bossy 50 Goals in 50 Games
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When I grew up the standard for a goal scorer would be to score 50 goals in a season. That was a huge accomplishment. In recent seasons, scoring 50 goals a season has been considered nearly impossible.
Goal scorers today face bigger players and goalies with massive pads. Scoring an abundance of goals is not possible.
The event that occurred 35 years ago today was an amazing one, accomplished by a hockey legend and four time Stanley Cup champion.
1981 - New York Islanders Player Mike Bossy Scores 50th Goal in 50 Games
Even in 1981, scoring 50 goals in 50 games was an amazing record. Scoring 50 goals in a season was also considered a great accomplishment.
Today, it's almost impossible for a player to score 50 goals in a season, let alone goals in 50 games. To put things in perspective, Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane is the leading goal scorer in the NHL with 30 goals in 51 games.
At Kane's current pace he will score 48 goals by the end of the season. That's a great accomplishment but pales in comparison to the mark set by Bossy.
For those fans who weren't fortunate to watch Bossy play, you missed watching an exciting player. He was the heart and soul of the New York Islanders and it was fun for this fan to watch him play.