It has been announced that legendary Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower has passed away at 93 after a bout with pneumonia.
Mr. Bower was a four time Stanley Cup Champion with the Toronto Maple Leafs, leading them to three straight titles in 1962, 1963, and 1964 before being a member of the Leafs during their last title win in 1967.
Mr. Bower began his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the New York Rangers, playing in the 1953-1954 season, as well as parts of the 1954-1955 and 1956-1957 seasons with the team. He was picked up by the Leafs during the 1958 Intra-League Draft, and would play 11 seasons with the Leafs before retiring in March 1970.
Mr. Bower served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War, before being discharged in 1943 due to arthritis.
Mr. Bower played 552 games in the NHL and compiled 250 wins, 195 losses, 90 ties with 37 shutouts and a 2.51 G.A.A.
Mr. Bower won the Harry Holmes Memorial Award three times as the AHL goaltender with the lowest G.A.A. (1952, 1957, 1958), two Vezina Trophies as the best goaltender in the NHL (1961, 1965), was a first team All-Star in 1961 (appearing in that year’s All-Star game), was a three time Calder Cup winner (1948, 1951, 1953), and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976 and the AHL Hall of Fame in 2006, in addition to his four Stanley Cup titles.
His number (#1) was retired by both the Maple Leafs and the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL. In January of 2017, he was named as a one of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time and also has a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame.
Born November 8th, 1924 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he passed away December 26th, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nancy, and their three children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
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