bower power

Goal Relationship: The inimitable Johnny Bower turns 93 today — as best we know, anyway. For years, the goaltender’s actual age was a national mystery if not a state secret. Bower himself was coy for much of his illustrious career, telling reporters at one point, “Just say I’m 35 going on 40.” He opened his 2006 autobiography with a definitive statement on the matter: “I was born November 8, 1924, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. No really, I was.” Here, he signs autographs on a Manitoba during the summer of 1965, when he was 40, probably. (Image: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune fonds, PC 18-2300-001)