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 William “Bill” Barilko

William “Bill” Barilko

Birth
Timmins, Cochrane District, Ontario, Canada
Death 26 Aug 1951 (aged 24)
Cochrane, Cochrane District, Ontario, Canada
Burial Timmins, Cochrane District, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 7014062 · View Source
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Professional Hockey Player. Born in Timmins, Ontario, he stood 5'11 and weighed 180lbs. Played hockey first for the Hollywood Wolves from 1945 to 1946. After leaving the Wolves he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and played with them from 1946 to 1951, as a defenseman. On April 21, 1951, he shot a pass by Gerry McNeil of the Montreal Canadiens and scored a goal of 2:53 in overtime and won the Stanley Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is considered to be the greatest goal in NHL history. Later that year he and a friend set out in an airplane for a fishing trip in Northern Ontario, and disappeared. On June 7, 1962, Bill Barilko's plane and his skeletal remains were found in heavy brush in Cochrane, Ontario. Ironically the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup Again that same year. The Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, wrote a song about Bill Barilko and his disappearance. The song was called 'Fifty Mission Cap' (1992).

Bio by: Peterborough K


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Dec 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7014062
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Bill” Barilko (25 Mar 1927–26 Aug 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7014062, citing Timmins Memorial Cemetery, Timmins, Cochrane District, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .