Bill Barilko: Toronto Maple Leafs Legend
His Legend Grows
It was April 21st, 1951, game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. At the 2:53 mark of the first overtime period, Bill Barilko scored the last goal of his life winning the Stanley Cup for the Leafs.
The 24 year old defenseman perished in a light plane crash that summer while on a fishing trip to Northern Ontario. Not until his body was recovered 11 years later in the bush near Cochrane, Ontario, did the Leafs win another championship.
I recently received several documents from the daughter of Ron Boyd who was the helicopter pilot who found the crash site of Bill Barilko. I also recently conducted an interview with Kevin Shea, author of "Barilko: Without a Trace".
Video Of Barilko's Last Goal
The Call Of The Goal
This brief video of the goal gives us a listen as to how it was heard on April 21, 1951.
The Top Leafs Goal
Global TV's Jim Tatti tells us about #1, off the stick of Bashin' Bill Barilko.
Ken Dryden on Bill Barilko
Dryden tells us why Barilko's goal matters.
Barilko's Career Statistics
The Tragically Hip's "Fifty Mission Cap" Lyrics
Bill Barilko disappeared that summer
He's our Buddy Holly, immortalized by the Hip's "Fifty Mission Cap", and scorer of the 1951 Stanley Cup winner for my beloved Maple Leafs. Every year, his legend grows. Here are some additional links of interest.