After having a conversation with bamlinden of My Hockey Card Obsession fame at the local card show this morning, I realized I've been neglecting posting the TTM autographs I've received lately. Quite honestly, I haven't had much time to post, and when i have, I've just been too lazy to do it. So here we go.
I wrote to former Leaf great, Johnny Bower. Johnny has led quite the life. First, he lied about his age so he could join the Canadian Armed Forces and fight in WWII at 15. 15! At 15 I was busy growing chest hair. At 15 Johnny was killing Nazi's in Europe. Hmmm......
After an Honourable Discharge at the age of 20 because of a medical condition (chronic arthritis) he went back to playing hockey. After 13 season's in the minor leagues and a very brief appearance with the N.Y. Rangers, he became a 35 year old rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Four Stanley Cup wins later, he retired in 1970.