The Toronto Maple Leafs provided additional details surrounding the Celebration of Life event honouring Johnny Bower, which is taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. at Air Canada Centre. The details for this event are as follows:
Joe Bowen, longtime voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the master of ceremony for the event. Guest speakers will include John Bower III, grandson of Johnny Bower; Brendan Shanahan, Toronto Maple Leafs President & Alternate Governor; and Johnny's former teammates: Frank Mahovlich, Ron Ellis and Dave Keon. The 48th Highlanders, who have played at the Leafs' home opener since 1931, will also be in attendance.
The Celebration is open to the public with doors opening at 2 p.m. The Gate 1 entrance of Air Canada Centre will be the only point of entry for the event. For those not in attendance, the event will be streamed live online at www.mapleleafs.com.
Seating will be available in the arena stands of Air Canada Centre. Seating on the arena floor will be reserved for the family and special guests by invitation. Members of the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and MLSE organization will be in attendance along with Toronto Maple Leaf alumni and guests from the National Hockey League.
In addition to the Celebration, the Maple Leafs will honour Johnny Bower with a pre-game ceremony and moment of silence when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 2 (7 p,m. game start time).
Fans wishing to share their sentiments and memories of Johnny can do so on camera when visiting the Maple Leafs Mobile Fanzone in Maple Leaf Square on Jan. 2 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 3 between 1 and 5 p.m. These video messages will be packaged together and given to the Bower family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Trillium Health Partners - Credit Valley Hospital or to the Mississauga Humane Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.glenoaks.ca.