Johnny Bower was a legend. He was Stanley Cup champion. He had a wicked poke-check. And he was beloved, not just by fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but fans throughout hockey. And today, the hockey world mourns the passing of Bower, who died Tuesday after a short battle with pneumonia. He was 93. “There may not be a more loved Toronto Maple Leaf nor a former player who loved them as much back,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement released by the team. “The entire Toronto Maple Leaf organization is deeply saddened. “Johnny was beloved by so many for much more than his Hall of Fame credentials as a player. It was his generosity of spirit, kindness and passion for people that made him a legend at life. “The Toronto Maple Leafs, and our fans, are deeply indebted to Johnny for all that he gave to us, and taught us over the years. We will miss him dearly, but we know that his presence will forever be felt by our club and our city.” The Leafs retired Bower’s No. 1 in a ceremony at the start of the 2016-17 season, at the same time naming him one of the 100 greatest Maple Leafs of all time (he was named seventh greatest). His 219 wins as a Maple Leaf are second most all time behind Turk Broda (302).
Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower dies at 93
Toronto Star | Dec 27