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Live Stream- Johnny Bower Memorial

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

A special ceremony bringing together family, friends and fans to commemorate the life of Maple Leafs legendary goaltender, Johnny Bower.

Watch below.

The event is schedule to start at 3:00pm ET.  A looped video is running currently.

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Video- Farewell Johnny Bower

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Before puck drop against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Toronto Maple Leafs gave the late Johnny Bower an amazing tribute. Bower’s wife and family were in attendance for the ceremony.


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Video- HNIC Opening With A Tribute To Johnny Bower

via Sportsnet,


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Video- Mark Howe On Johnny Bower

In the middle of the conversation, Chris Osgood with the Scotty Bowman story on signing autographs which I tweeted last night.


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Johnny Bower Passes Away At Age 93

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Toronto Maple Leafs President & Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan today released the following statement regarding the passing of Leaf great Johnny Bower:

"The entire Toronto Maple Leaf organization is deeply saddened following the passing of Johnny Bower.

Johnny was beloved by so many for much more than his Hall of Fame credentials as a player. It was his generosity of spirit, kindness and passion for people that made him a legend at life. The Toronto Maple Leafs, and our fans, are deeply indebted to Johnny for all that he gave to us, and taught us over the years. We will miss him dearly, but we know that his presence will forever be felt by our Club and our city.

Our deepest sympathies and gratitude go to Nancy, their children and the entire Bower family for sharing their husband, father and grandfather with us for so many years.

There may not be a more loved Toronto Maple Leaf nor a former player who loved them as much back."

added 8:22pm, Legends of Hockey feature on Bower can be watched below.

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Johnny Bower Gets His Pads Back

from Ian Robertson of the Toronto Sun,

After lining up at the Whitby Mall for Bower’s advertised visit, Roger Spivey took the 87-year-old Mississauga resident aside and told him his old goalie pads were in his car.

Bower said he never had a chance to keep them as souvenirs.

“Players weren’t allowed to have any of their gear,” based on rules set by Harold Ballard, the late penny-pinching owner of Maple Leaf Gardens and the team’s principal share-holder, he said.

“We all tried a couple of times, taking a couple of sticks, but I got caught and Mr. Ballard wasn’t very pleased with me,” Bower said. “You had to turn it in and trainers usually handed them down to the minors.”

Hesitant about their authenticity, plus Spivey’s motives, he spotted his initials on the old leather-covered pads.

“I was in tears,” Bower said.

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Gordie Howe With A Christmas Wish

via Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

“Gordie? Every night playing with him you see him do different things,” (Bryan) Watson said. “I guess in Toronto where he beat (Maple Leafs defenseman) Kent Douglas twice and then going in, because he was kind of going bald, he always had a long piece of hair that came down to his eye and he had to move the hair out of his eye, and he stickhandled past Johnny Bower and tucked it into the top shelf with one hand.”

Scoring the goal, though, was not enough for Howe.

“He was trying to get it (the hair) out of his eyes,” Watson said. “We all laughed about it and then he wished Johnny Bower a Merry Christmas, to which Johnny chased him halfway to the blue line because Johnny was so mad at him.”

So Howe scored a goal, infuriated a goaltender and laughed skating back to the bench.

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