Happy Birthday, Johnny Bower

On November 8th 2014, the great goaltender Johnny Bower turned 90 years young.  To anyone who is a fan of hockey, especially the Toronto Maple Leafs, know who Mr. Bower is.

Mr. Bower is famous for being the Hall of Fame goaltender that backstopped the Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s: 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1967.

While with the Leafs, her would also go onto win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie in 1961 and 1965, and was a 1961 All-Star.

In the minor leagues, Mr. Bower played for the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Cleveland Barons and Providence Reds between 1946 and 1958, with a couple short stints with the New York Rangers, and a season with the Western Hockey League‘s (WHL) Vancouver Canucks.  While in the AHL, Mr. Bower won the Hap Holmes Memorial Award three times (1952, 1957, and 1958) for having the lowest goals-against-average (GAA) in the league, and the Les Cunningham Award for three consecutive years (1956-1958) as the MVP of the AHL.  Mr. Bower also won three Calder Cups with the Barons (1948, 1951, 1953.)

Mr. Bower was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976.

Happy Birthday, Johnny Bower!!!

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