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Author: A.J. Willison

5 Reasons the Toronto Maple Leafs Management Will Not Move Pending UFAs

October 19, 2016: Leafs James van Riemsdyk (25) takes a shot during the Winnipeg Jets vs Toronto Maple Leafs game at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg MB. (Photo by Terry Lee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) As the NHL All-Star break is just around the corner and the NHL trade deadline soon to follow, Toronto Maple Leafs management has some tough decisions to make when it comes to Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Leo Komarov. These three players are all set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1st. The biggest question facing the Leafs is should these players be traded...

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Johnny Bower: More Than Just a Hockey Player

To the city of Toronto, Johnny Bower was more than just a hockey player. On December 26th, 2017, at age 93, John William Bower passed away due to a short battle with pneumonia. The passing comes right after the Toronto Maple Leafs commemoration ceremony of 100 years of the franchise’s history that began back on December 19th, 1917. Also known as “The China Wall”, Johnny Bower is one of the few most accomplished goaltenders in Maple Leafs history. The Prince Albert native captured four Stanley Cups in his 11 seasons with Toronto, including the last Stanley Cup in franchise history back in 1967. Along with his Stanley Cup rings, Johnny Bower is a two-time Vezina trophy winner, class of 1976 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, and he was most recently ranked 87th in the Top 100 Players of All Time. World War II Veteran Described as ‘fearless’, Johnny Bower served four years in the Canadian Military. According to Sportsnet.ca, John Bower enlisted when he was only 15 years of age. He lied about his age in order to serve his country and was later discharged in 1943. Post-war, Bower often visited veterans throughout Canadian hospitals as he always felt as if it was his duty to give back to his country. A Different Era of Hockey Back than goaltenders were not as protected as they are today. Obviously, the shots...

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