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The Rookie Boss

April 1, 1978
New York Islander rookie Mike Bossy scores his 50th goal of the season, shattering the previous rookie mark of 44 set by Rick Martin in 1971-72. The elusive goal ended Bossy's two-week scoring slump. He ended the year with 53.
Mike Bossy
"When I saw the puck go in, I was so overjoyed that every bit of frustration left me at once. I didn't care what I looked like."
- Mike Bossy questioned on his post-goal impromptu shuffle celebration

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Goaltending great Johnny Bower set several standards during the 1970s. He was the first NHL player to play and qualify for the league's pension plan (which kicks in at age 45) in the same season, and after retiring in 1970, Bower became the league's first-ever goalie coach, with Toronto. Coincidentally, Johnny was ruled ineligible to collect pension while on the Maple Leafs' active roster.

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