Hockey world loses Hall of Famer Johnny Bower at age 93

He was a dominating goaltender nicknamed “The China Wall,” a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, a four-time Stanley Cup champ and a Hall of Famer.

He’s Johnny Bower and the former star for the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs died Tuesday after a battle with pneumonia. He was 93.

“Johnny Bower enriched us all by sharing the pure joy he felt for the game he played and for the men who played it, with him and against him,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement. “It was a personal privilege to know him, a delight to be in his presence.”

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Gallery: 2016 Leaf Lumber Kings hockey cards


Leaf Trading Cards‘ next high-end hockey brand arrives later this month and it includes memorabilia from some of the biggest names in the history of the game.

It’s 2016 Leaf Lumber Kings and it is set to arrive on Dec. 23 and to hold hockey fans over the company teased a number of its high-end inclusions online on Thursday.

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First Buzz: 2016 ITG Leaf Enshrined hockey cards

 2016 ITG Leaf Enshrined hockey cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Four autograph or memorabilia cards per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf takes its In The Game-used brand and ups the ante with a checklist that includes nothing but Hall of Fame players in this all-hits product that “celebrates everything that is magical about Hall of Fame game-used material” and is, according to the company, “the greatest ensemble of hockey legends the industry has ever seen.”

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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