Video: Leafs icon Bower talks love of Habs

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending legend Johnny Bower breezed through Montreal on Saturday, signing autographs for 90 minutes in the shadow of Olympic Stadium at Centre Pierre Charbonneau.

Bower, a two-time-Vézina Trophy winner and three times winner of the Stanley Cup, spoke highly of Montreal fans and his wonderful rivalry with the Canadiens – Jean Béliveau and Maurice and Henri Richard, specifically.

Here’s my five-minute video interview with kindly ol’ Johnny, 86, a perfect gentleman to this day who remains hugely popular with fans of the Maple Leafs and Canadiens stars of his day.

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  2. bimpsy says:

    I grew up in Prince Albert a generation behind Johnny. I had friends whose parents were in school with him. Even though he was half a continent away, he always made a point of staying in touch with his old friends.
    For me that speaks volumes about him.

  3. I have yet to hear/read Bower have to say anything negative about anyone, regardless of rivalries. One of the best.

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    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

  4. otter649 says:

    Got Johnny Bower to sign a photo for me (about 12 years ago at a personal appearance)but did not use a sharpie pen something different so the autograph has faded away over time and by the way his book is a good read…….

  5. eric says:

    Now, those were good days of hockey.Good clean hatred of each other.

  6. iwardhabs says:

    Stubbs: I love your focus on the old goalies! On the pond (not a cliche; I actually grew up across from a pond) as a kid, I always played in goal…but wound up working in academia as an adult. Alas. I have a student writing an essay on “sports and value,” and I actually put a copy of _The Game_ in his hands.

    Thanks for the terrific work!

  7. NorthernHab says:

    Legend and class act.


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