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Title: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Captain Canuck on December 26, 2017, 08:03:09 PM
Just heard on the CBC that the Leafs legend has passed away. One of the all-time greats.  :'(

Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Al14 on December 26, 2017, 08:24:17 PM
I'm crying as I type this! Another legend of a hockey player gone from my youth!

Rest in peace Johnny! Thank you for those memorable Stanley Cup championships!

You were a gentleman first and a darned good hockey player second.

My condolences to his family, his friends, and, his teammates.

I'm sure you'll be playing goal now in Heaven!

 :'(
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on December 26, 2017, 08:43:27 PM
I remember him wrapping his arms around himself as his number was retired and he felt the love from the crowd.

Garrett Sparks wrote s beautiful little tribute to Johnny on his Twitter and I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a tear while reading it for my wife.

#WinItForJohnny
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Zee on December 26, 2017, 08:52:32 PM
A true class act. Everyone loved Johnny Bower. Incredible post from Garret Sparks.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: LittleHockeyFan on December 26, 2017, 09:19:23 PM
I'm crying.

And I thought I'd settled down and I went and read Garret Sparks tweet.

And now I'm crying again.

RIP Johnny Bower, you were always the top of the class acts.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 27, 2017, 08:21:26 AM
RIP Johnny Bower.  And thank you for being a part of those wonderful Stanley Cup wins.  Even though I was born in '64, it was my (late) brother who told me all about those exciting Leaf days and considered you among his favourite Leaf player.

A true gentleman and legend.  The LeafsNation could not be prouder and in a way, even though we Leaf fans will miss seeing you,  we know that in our hockey hearts, you're always be amongst us.

I'm sure that my brother will love reminiscing with you about those good 'ol hockey days.  Maybe you can turn God into a Leafs fan.

Rest In Peace, dear legend.  Condolences to the family.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on December 27, 2017, 10:10:41 AM
His obituary in the NYT says as a kid he played with frozen chunks of horse manure shaped into a puck, and used a tree branch for a goal stick.

I'll miss seeing him at the games.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Highlander on December 27, 2017, 12:07:52 PM
I love you Johnny, rest in eternal peace. You were one of the best to ever play.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: nutman on December 27, 2017, 02:41:43 PM
Rest in peace buddy, we will forever miss you.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Al14 on December 27, 2017, 03:20:46 PM
Johnny Bower... A Maple Leaf forever!   :'(
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Rick Couchman on December 27, 2017, 06:18:26 PM
I didn't realize he didn't get in to the NHL until he was 29.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: disco on January 03, 2018, 04:11:04 PM
Well done ceremonies, both last night and today.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Guilt Trip on January 04, 2018, 03:59:34 PM
I didn't realize he didn't get in to the NHL until he was 29.
Yup, played 1 year and was shipped back to the AHL for 4 more years. Finding a home finally at 34 and playing into his 40's is remarkable. I also find it amazing that he had a better GGA in the NHL. Truly one of a kind and we'll never see a path and NHL hall of fame career like that again.

And as a side note. This is in the ex-Leaf category....Johnny Bower was and always will be a Leaf....just sayin.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: CarltonTheBear on January 10, 2018, 09:58:19 AM
And as a side note. This is in the ex-Leaf category....Johnny Bower was and always will be a Leaf....just sayin.

Correct.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: CarltonTheBear on January 10, 2018, 09:59:16 AM
This gave me chills:

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31. In Kevin Shea’s book, Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967, the late Johnny Bower told a great story in the introduction. When the Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967, Bower grabbed two bottles of champagne and took them home, saving them for the next victory. He admitted to drinking one on November 3, 1998, his 50th wedding anniversary to the beautiful Nancy. There was no clarity about the second until the service, when grandson Johnny Bower III told Christine Simpson the bottle is still unopened, awaiting its intended use.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-rogers-wanted-nhl-trade-deadline-primetime/

Still can't believe he won't see it, but that bottle is going to open sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on January 10, 2018, 11:11:16 AM
This gave me chills:

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31. In Kevin Shea’s book, Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967, the late Johnny Bower told a great story in the introduction. When the Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967, Bower grabbed two bottles of champagne and took them home, saving them for the next victory. He admitted to drinking one on November 3, 1998, his 50th wedding anniversary to the beautiful Nancy. There was no clarity about the second until the service, when grandson Johnny Bower III told Christine Simpson the bottle is still unopened, awaiting its intended use.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-rogers-wanted-nhl-trade-deadline-primetime/

Still can't believe he won't see it, but that bottle is going to open sooner rather than later.

What would be moving, if the family agreed to it, is to reserve the bottle until the banner raising ceremony.  Invite all living Leafs captains.  Open the bottle at center ice, pour contents into champagne glasses, and then have the captains lead the crowd in a victory toast to Johnny's memory.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: nutman on January 10, 2018, 12:07:44 PM
This gave me chills:

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31. In Kevin Shea’s book, Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967, the late Johnny Bower told a great story in the introduction. When the Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967, Bower grabbed two bottles of champagne and took them home, saving them for the next victory. He admitted to drinking one on November 3, 1998, his 50th wedding anniversary to the beautiful Nancy. There was no clarity about the second until the service, when grandson Johnny Bower III told Christine Simpson the bottle is still unopened, awaiting its intended use.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-rogers-wanted-nhl-trade-deadline-primetime/

Still can't believe he won't see it, but that bottle is going to open sooner rather than later.

What would be moving, if the family agreed to it, is to reserve the bottle until the banner raising ceremony.  Invite all living Leafs captains.  Open the bottle at center ice, pour contents into champagne glasses, and then have the captains lead the crowd in a victory toast to Johnny's memory.



Great idea..  To bad the so called politicly correct people out there would never let it happen. wow! drinking on tv, that would be cause for a ban on Hockey hahahahahaha.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: LuncheonMeat on January 10, 2018, 12:23:19 PM
This gave me chills:

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31. In Kevin Shea’s book, Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty 1957-1967, the late Johnny Bower told a great story in the introduction. When the Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967, Bower grabbed two bottles of champagne and took them home, saving them for the next victory. He admitted to drinking one on November 3, 1998, his 50th wedding anniversary to the beautiful Nancy. There was no clarity about the second until the service, when grandson Johnny Bower III told Christine Simpson the bottle is still unopened, awaiting its intended use.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-rogers-wanted-nhl-trade-deadline-primetime/

Still can't believe he won't see it, but that bottle is going to open sooner rather than later.

What would be moving, if the family agreed to it, is to reserve the bottle until the banner raising ceremony.  Invite all living Leafs captains.  Open the bottle at center ice, pour contents into champagne glasses, and then have the captains lead the crowd in a victory toast to Johnny's memory.



Great idea..  To bad the so called politicly correct people out there would never let it happen. wow! drinking on tv, that would be cause for a ban on Hockey hahahahahaha.

I'd swear I've seen people with drinks in the stands at the ACC during Leafs games.
Title: Re: Johnny Bower dead at 93
Post by: Highlander on January 10, 2018, 12:44:29 PM
Stop looking at me!!!!!