Bill Bowler

William J. Bowler (born September 25, 1974) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He played nine games in the National Hockey League with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is currently the General Manager of the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League.

Bill Bowler
Born (1974-09-25) September 25, 1974 (age 47)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1995–2003


As a youth, Bowler played in the 1988 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Mississauga.[1]

In 1994–95, while playing for the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires, Bowler was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the best overage player in the league.[2] During four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires, from the 1991-92 season to the 1994–95 season, Bill Bowler set a franchise record for most career points, with 467 points.[citation needed] He also set the OHL record for most career assists, with 318. As of 2016, both records still stand.[citation needed] On December 10, 2011, Bowler's number 9 was retired by the Windsor Spitfires - he was the eighth player in Windsor Spitfire history to have his jersey hung from the rafters.[3]

Bowler played nine games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2000–01 season, recording two assists.[citation needed] In 2000–01, Bowler set a team record for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch with 58 assists, and tied the team record with 79 points (set in 1995–96 by Lonny Bohonos. This record would be later be broken by Carter Verhaeghe in the 2018-19 season).[citation needed]

Bowler also played professionally in the International Hockey League, and the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[citation needed]

In 2015, Bowler entered his third season as general manager and head coach of the LaSalle Vipers. He had previously served as the general manager and head coach of the Chatham Maroons for two seasons.[citation needed]

In July 2019, it was announced Bowler would take over for Warren Rychel as General Manager of the Windsor Spitfires for the 2019-20 season. [4]


  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
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