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The Display Case #11: Johnny Bower Is A "Portrait" Of Health At 88!!!

November 8, 2012, 6:55 PM ET [5 Comments]
Shawn Gates
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Happy Birthday Johnny Bower! The Leafs legend turned 88 today folks, and in recognition of this special day is a Bower-centric “Display Case” for you readers…

This edition comes via an individual named Peter who is a representative for Newfoundland-based artist Bill Rose. Mr. Rose completed an amazing portrait of “The China Wall” that impressed the subject so much he had to see it in person, thus beginning the transportation of the portrait to a Sport Authentix-hosted signing session in Vaughn, Ontario, this past October which featured Mr. Bower alongside Curtis Joseph and Mike Palmateer:

I represent a Canadian artist who did am magnificent portrait of Johnny Bower. We contacted Mr Bower and he wanted to see it so we brought it from Newfoundland to Toronto. What a great gentleman. He walked up to it immediately, looked downward at the pads, and said "The puck didn’t get past me did it?"

A true gentleman, he stayed and talked and shared stories. We have some great photos of him signing the back of the painting along with Cujo and Palmateer

He said he would like to see it in the Hall of Fame. I’d love to find a buyer that can make that happen.
Here’s a story written by Joe Hall of the Star about our journey.

(Photo Credit TorStar)

A great portrait of a great athlete and human being! Classiness personified. Happy Birthday Mr. Bower, with wishes for many more to come…

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