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Johnny Bower
Johnny Bower in goal.jpg
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
170 lb (77 kg)
Teams AHL
Cleveland Barons
Providence Reds
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born November 8, 1924(1924-11-08),
Prince Albert, SK, CA
Died December 26 2017 (aged 93),
Toronto, Ontario, CA
Pro Career 1945 – 1970
Hall of Fame, 1976

John William Bower (b. November 8th 1924 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada; d. December 26, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario) was a Canadian professional goaltender who played in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Veteran of the Second World War, Bower returned home from England where he served in the Canadian Army to play for his home Prince Albert Blackhawks junior team. The following season, Bower joined the American Hockey League's Providence Reds. He would play a single game for the Reds before joining the Cleveland Barons, where he would play eight seasons.

The New York Rangers showed interest in Bower and signed him in 1953. However, he was sent down to the Vancouver Canucks of the defunct Western Hockey League. Bower returned to the Providence Reds the next season, winning the Calder Cup.

In 1958, the Toronto Maple Leafs claim Bower. There, he could finally enjoy regular NHL action for eleven seasons, winning the Vezina Trophy twice and the Stanley Cup four times.

In 1976, Bower is elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

On December 26, 2017 he passed away of pneumonia in a Toronto hospital at the age of 93.


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