Back Problems Affect Play
Until the 1986-87 season, Bossy scored at least fifty goals a season. That season, back problems deeply affected his ability to do what he did best: score. His back bothered him from the first day of training camp, and got worse as the season moved forward. He could barely bend over to tie his skates. He lost his mobility, which resulted in him taking more penalties. Bossy only played in 63 games that season, and he was not always effective in the ones he did play in. He scored only thirty-eight goals on the season. Bossy did not know it at the time, but he played last game on May 2, 1987.