Johnny Bower

Maple Leafs add Bower and Sittler to Legends Row


The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Johnny Bower and Darryl Sittler as the second and third members inducted into its’ legends row on Saturday.

The pair join Ted Kennedy as the only other member of the Leafs to hold the honor.

The legends row is a 30-foot bench outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre with bronze statues of Leafs greats from the franchise’s 97-year history.

Sittler, 63, was a Maple Leafs first-round pick in 1970 (8th overall) and played in parts of 12 seasons for the Leafs. He led the team in scoring, a franchise record, eight straight times.  Prior to the 1975-76 season, Sittler was named captain of the Leafs at just 24.  Sittler still holds NHL records for most points in a game (10) and most goals in a single playoff game (5).

Bower, 88, spent parts of 12 seasons with the Maple Leafs winning Stanley Cups in 1962, 1963 and 1964. The hall of famer won 255 regular season and Playoff games with Leafs to go along with two Vezina Trophies. Following his playing days, Bower spent time with the Leafs as a goalie coach and scout.

The team will continue to add players to the monument leading up to and beyond its’ centennial season in 2017.

Johnny Bower gets a great gift from a fan


Nice story here, via QMI Agency. Thanks to the generosity of an Ontario man, goaltending legend Johnny Bower got his pads back – pads he hadn’t seen in over 40 years.

Bower, now 87 years old, was part of Toronto’s last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1967. Back then, Leafs owner (and legendary cheapskate) Harold Ballard didn’t allow his players to keep their equipment.

Long story short, Bower’s pads ended up being given to Roger Spivey, now 61. Spivey used them for years, then thought it would be nice to give them back when Bower was signing autographs at a mall in Whitby, Ont.

“A lot of friends have told me I was crazy to give them away instead of getting his signature on them and selling them, but I wanted him to have them,” Spivey said.

Clearly the gesture meant a lot to the Hall of Famer.

“I was in tears,” Bower said.

Bower’s wife told Spivey she hadn’t seen her husband that happy in years.