Toronto Mike

54 Years Ago Today


On this date in 1951, Bill Barilko perished in a light plane crash while on a fishing trip to Northern Ontario.

My tribute to Bill Barilko remains one of my most popular pages, no doubt due to Google searches on the subject.  In March I interviewed Kevin Shea, author of "Barilko: Without a Trace".  Bill Barilko is our Buddy Holly and we shouldn't ever forget him.

Tonight, I'll don my #5 and remember his goal at the 2:53 mark of the first overtime period of game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

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