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Islanders legend Mike Bossy is trying to get a milestone puck back from a fan selling it on Ebay (New York Post, May 24).

The puck is the one Bossy used to score his 50th goal in the 50th game of the 1980-81 season. The Islanders forward was just the second player in NHL history to score 5o goals through in the first 50 games of a season.

The seller is fan Jake Jacobson, who has had the puck since he received it as a gift in 1988. Jacobson was a swim instructor on Long Island and taught Bossy's daughter. On the final day of summer she gave him a gift, which he later discovered was the historic item.

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