Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bossy Finds New Career: Talk Radio

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bossy Finds New Career: Talk Radio

Article excerpt

Mike Bossy is on the telephone to Paris and thousands of Montrealers are listening in.

"Do you have Pop Tarts for breakfast?" he asks.

"No, I don't think so," comes the answer from an apparently bewildered female hotel clerk who has never heard of the sugary breakfast pastry.

She obviously wouldn't understand - or perhaps appreciate - the sophomoric humor of North American early-morning radio.

"Maybe our cleaning lady might have some," she offers.

"Then do you have any Cheez Wiz?" asks Bossy, explaining that it's a delicious creamy orange bacterial culture.

"It could be good," answers the clerk, straining to be polite, but unaware that her frustration is providing smiles and chuckles to an audience just getting out of bed.

Welcome to the improbable second career of Mike Bossy, radio comedian.

In an age when professional hockey players are still widely regarded as dull, Bossy has managed to parlay the impromptu patter that passes for humor on talk-radio - and his Hall of Fame name - into a job on CKOI's "Est trop de bonne heure!" ("It's too early!"), Quebec's highest rated morning show.

The former Islander scoring star has made the transition from blue line to punch line with surprising ease for a player who was never regarded as a wit or clown - even by himself - during his 11 glorious seasons on Long Island.

In fact, while helping the Islanders win four Stanley Cup championships, Bossy's penchant for slapstick was overshadowed by his slap shot.

"Bryan Trottier and I spent all our time together and we were always cracking up," he recalled after a show last week, referring to his former teammate. "But I never tried to be funny as a hockey player."

This assessment was supported by his former coach, Al Arbour, now the Islanders' vice president of hockey operations.

"He was kind of quiet and kept to himself," said Arbour. …

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