Public service for Johnny Bower planned for after private funeral

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A private funeral for Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower has been planned, with a public service to follow at a later date.

Bower, a Hall of Fame goaltender who remained a beloved face of the Maple Leafs long after his retirement form the NHL, died Tuesday at age 93 after a short battle with pneumonia.

The private service will be held in Oakville, Ont., with details of a public service of remembrance to be made available once the date is finalized.

Bower spent 11 seasons with the Maple Leafs and led them to four Staney Cup titles, including their last one in 1967.

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