Sports Wall of Fame

Mowers, John

Mowers, John
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Goaltender Johnny Mowers developed his talents in the Niagara Falls amateur ranks and went on to star in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings. After winning the 1938-39 Ontario Hockey Association senior 'B title with the Niagara Falls Brights Hockey Club, John moved to Detroit to play in goal for the Red Wings farm team Pontiacs and then went to Omaha of the American Hockey League where he pulled the club from the cellar to championship contention.

In 1940 Mowers established himself as the Red Wings starting goaltender. He placed second in the 1940-41 Calder Trophy balloting for the top N.H.L. rookie award and helped the club in the Stanley Cup finals that season, and again in 1941-42. John's outstanding performance during the 1942-43 season resulted in a league-leading six shut-outs and a 2.48 goals against average. He won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie and was named to the first All- Star Team while leading Detroit to the league title and the Prince of Wales Trophy. 1n the championship series John recorded shut -outs on consecutive nights, blanking Boston in the last two contests as the Red Wings captured the Stanley Cup in four straight games. He served as assistant manager for the Detroit club in 1947, coached Indianapolis Capitols in 1948 and later was active in amateur hockey in Detroit. 

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Title 3rd Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony - John Mowers Ice Hockey
Creator  Simon, Pat
Description  Mayor Wayne Thomson (right)presenting, Alderman Paisley Janvary in background
Date  1992.
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