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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.
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.