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Johnny Mowers
Johnny Mowers
Goaltender
(MOW uhrs)
Number: 1
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185
Catches: Left
Born: Oct 29, 1916
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on October 2, 1939.
Goalie Johnny Mowers was born in St. David's, Ontario a small village sandwiched between Niagara Falls and St. Catharines but moved up the escarpment with his family to Niagara Falls before his first birthday.

Mowers played his minor hockey in Niagara Falls and after playing junior in the Honeymoon Capital of the world, joined the Niagara Falls Cataracts of the OHA Senior League in 1935-36. He remained with the club for four years before being noticed by famed scout Carson Cooper in 1939 and signed to a contract by the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. During his first year as a pro, Mowers divided his time between the Detroit Pontiacs of the MOHL and the Omaha Knights of the AHA.

Mowers performed well enough in his rookie season to garner a closer look-see by the Red Wings and in 1940-41 was between the pipes for the big club for 48 games. He was the team's undisputed number one goaltender for three years. In 1941 and 1942 Mowers and the Red Wings advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, only to be turned back by the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, in 1943 Detroit got its revenge, beating the Bruins in four-straight games to take the championship. Mowers was outstanding in goal, winning eight of his team playoff games, while recording two shutouts and a 1.94 GAA. The shutouts came at the most opportune time as he blanked the Bruins in Games Three (4-0) and Four (2-0) of the championship finals. The regular season was also kind to the lanky goalie who won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie and was also honoured by being named to the NHL's First All-Star Team.

As with many NHL players, Mowers had his hockey career interrupted during World War Two and he was out of hockey for two years after enlisting with the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1945-46 he coached the Wembley Lions of the British League before returning to North America for the 1946-47 season. He played in seven games for the Red Wings that year but the team had now gone in a new direction in goal with Harry Lumley clearly being tabbed as the team's main goalie. Mowers played one more year of hockey with the Indianapolis Capitals in 1947-48 before retiring after being plagued by back troubles.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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