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High School Hockey: Longtime coach Bowers steps down from St. Francis prep

John Bowers has stepped down from his position as head prep team hockey coach at St. Francis after 27 seasons coaching hockey at the high school. He was named the school’s prep hockey coach since the team’s formation in 1999-2000 season. According to athletics director Steve Otremba, Bower’s leadership was instrumental in bringing St. Francis to this level and his teams have brought the high school hockey recognition throughout the United States and in Canada.

At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season, the Midwest Prep Hockey League (MPHL) named one of its divisions after Bowers in recognition for his role as one of its founding members. Bowers was instrumental in the growth of the league to 10 teams with current member schools throughout the northeast and midwest region of the United States, in addition to Canada.

During his tenure at St. Francis, Bowers racked up more than 500 wins and led the Red Raiders to victories in the highly competitive MPHL Championship in 2001 and 2006. In addition, Bowers won three Monsignor Martin Athletic Association Championships and four WNY Federation Hockey Championships.

Otremba said Bowers will remain involved in the St. Francis hockey program with a role to be determined at a later time. Bowers also recently retired from the Buffalo Fire Department. St. Francis High School is in the process of looking for its next Prep hockey coach.


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