He changed a franchise. He changed a community. The New York Islanders were building a great franchise but when Mike Bossy came along, something clicked. The Islanders had a goal scoring machine. Two years later, #22 was hoisting the Stanley Cup, the first of four straight for the Long Island NHL franchise.
Another tragedy fell upon the sports world on the as America celebrated its independence. Back in 2015, then New York Giants defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul nearly blew off his hand in the late hours of his July 4th celebration, suffering an injury that almost cost him his career. Sunday, fireworks claimed another sports world victim, this time causing death.