Joe Bowen is a 64 year old, father of four boys, who was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Joe attended Sudbury High School, playing hockey and football and was a member of the Copper Cliff Redmen Northern Ontario Peewee Championship Hockey Club in 1967. After graduating from the University of Windsor, Joe returned home to do play–by-play for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League for 8 seasons before going to Halifax to broadcast the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League.
For the past 33 years he has been the Voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, broadcasting over 2,884 Leaf games. Currently Joe teams up with Jim Ralph on TSN 1050 and Sportsnet 590 The Fan doing radio broadcasts of all Maple Leaf Regular season and Playoff games. Joe also is the host of Molson Canadian Leaf Classic games on Leafs TV digital channel.
A big supporter of Leukemia Research since his son Sean beat the dreaded disease, Joe has acted as guest speaker and MC for the annual UFCW Leukemia Celebrity Golf Classic, which is now named in his honour. The Beer Store Returns for Leukemia in conjunction with UFCW local 12R24 that Joe is involved with, will raise over $2,300,000 this year.
His trade mark “Holy Mackinaw!” exclamation is now emblazoned on a Leaf t-shirt with proceeds going to Leukemia Research.
Throughout his career in Toronto, Joe has acted as the Master of Ceremonies or guest speaker at hundreds of banquets and golf tournaments. These include the Conn Smythe Dinner, London Sports Celebrity Dinner, Chatam Sports Celebrity Dinner, and the Sudbury Sports Celebrity Induction Dinner. He has MC’d all of the meet the Leafs Luncheons, Have a Heart Dinners, Maple Leaf Casino Nights and Maple Leaf Alumni and team golf tournaments.
Joe also acts as the MC for the popular London Prostate Cancer Golf Tournament sponsored by Porsche as well as the Sudbury Wolves Alumni tournament in his home town each year.
Joe has been very active in minor hockey and baseball as a coach over the past 25 years. He guided the Markham Thunder to an all Ontario Minor Novice Hockey title in 1990 and was a co- coach of the Thunder on the all Ontario Novice team in 1993. He also managed the Markham Mariners to an all Ontario Peewee baseball title, and continues to coach Mariners baseball each summer.
Joe received the Sports Media of Canada George Gross Award as the Outstanding Broadcaster in 2013. He also received the Barbara Frum National Media Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada in 2008. This award is received “in recognition of his commitment to raise National Awarness of leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma,and related blood cancers and the continued need to support vital research to find the cures.” Joe also received the Fred Sgambati Award from the Canadian Childrens Foundation in 1988. In 2002, Joe was named an Ambassador for the City of Sudbury. Joe was inducted into the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame this fall and was inducted into the Sudbury Kinsmen Sports Hall of Fame in June of 1999
Joe and his beautiful wife Jannine enjoy golf, slow pitch and hockey and playing with their 13 year old son David, as well as older brothers Liam, Derek, and Sean.