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Johnny Bower and the Leafs at practice in 1960

The Story

It's the start of the 1960-61 season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and On the Scene is there to give CBC viewers a look at Johnny Bower in the net and to interview some of the team's key players on and off the ice. CBC sports broadcaster and Leafs public relations manager Ed Fitkin introduces some team members and gets predictions for the season’s outcome from a trio of Toronto sportswriters. Rex Loring gets a rebuttal from three members of the “Silver Seven” – the men who manage the Leafs. Host Al Boliska speaks to coach Punch Imlach, and Fitkin finishes with brief interviews with captain George Armstrong and rookie players Bob Nevin and Dave Keon. Last up to the microphone is veteran goalie Johnny Bower, hopeful the team can take home the Stanley Cup.

Medium: Television
Program: On the Scene
Broadcast Date: Oct. 6, 1960
Hosts: Al Boliska
Interviewers: Ed Fitkin, Rex Loring
Guests: Punch Imlach, Rex MacLeod, Fred Cederberg, Red Burnett, Bill Hatch, Stafford Smythe, Jack Amell, George Armstrong, Larry Hillman, Bob Nevin, Dave Keon, Johnny Bower
Duration: 23:56

Did You know?

• At the end of the 1960-61 season the Leafs were defeated in the semi-finals by the Detroit Red Wings.

• The managers of the Leafs team were known as the "Silver Seven", and included the three interviewed here - Jack Amell, Stafford Smythe, Bill Hatch, as well as George Gardiner, George Mara, Harold Ballard and John Bassett.  

• Johnny Bower was goalie for the team when they did win the Stanley Cup in 1962, '63 and '64 and again in 1967, when he was 43 years old.  In 2016, the 100th anniversary year of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bower was named number seven on the list of the top 100 Leafs players of all time.  Dave Keon was number one, George Armstrong number 12, and at 64 was Bob Nevin.


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