Leafs re­mem­ber best Bowen mo­ments

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - — Lance Hornby

Thanks to the power of the Leafs and in­fa­mous Toronto traf­fic jams, Leafs games on ra­dio re­main pop­u­lar and that has kept Joe Bowen part of two gen­er­a­tions of fans.

“He’s the Voice of the Leafs, a clas­sic,” said winger Zach Hy­man, one of many GTA-born Leafs.

“For my fam­ily, grow­ing up with the Leafs on Sat­ur­day night, they were al­ways con­nected with Joe,” said winger Con­nor Brown. “He’s meant a lot to the city and done a great job for many years. I’ve got­ten to know him, too, the past cou­ple of years and he’s an even bet­ter per­son.”

Hy­man re­called Bowen de­scrib­ing Mats Sundin’s 500th goal in a 2006 game against Cal­gary.

“Short-handed, game win­ning in over­time. That was one I most re­mem­ber. And since I’ve played here, it has to be the one in 2017 where we needed to win to make the play­offs (af­ter four years out) and Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney made that huge save. We’re play­ing Pitts­burgh and Brownie scored with about three min­utes to go to put us ahead, Crosby had a one-timer with an empty net and there was Joe’s ‘Holy McEl­hin­ney!’ mo­ment. We all got a kick out of him say­ing that.”

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