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In February, I shared a short video of Brokentooth's ride from Maple Leaf Gardens to Bill Barilko's grave. I love the legend of Bashin' Bill, and I dig this longer video Brokentooth just sent me of his pilgramage to Bill Barilko's grave. This is Blue Line. It's pretty awesome.
I love this little video because I love the legend of Bashin' Bill Barilko and this is precisely the kind of thing I would do. Well before this site was a blog, it was a personal home page with a tribute to Bill Barilko that's well preserved here.
For the longest time, I was #1 in Google when you searched for Bill Barilko. Something called Wikipedia has since passed me, but I'm usually #2. I've maintained a tribute to Bashin' Bill for a decade, complete with video evidence of his overtime winner in '51, but I've never heard
I just read a piece by James Marsh for the National Post that gave me shivers. James was in Maple Leaf Gardens that April 21, 1951 night Bill Barilko scored in overtime to win the Leafs the cup. Here's an excerpt from his article. Foster Hewitt, broadcasting to three million
Those who Google Bill Barilko usually end up at my tribute to Bashin' Bill. Here's the summary I wrote for that page. 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
It's April 21, the day Bill Barilko scored his final goal. I celebrated the occasion by posting my first FPP at Metafilter, although I've just learnt it was covered four years ago, which got it deleted. Here's what I wrote: The legend of Bill Barilko grows each year. It was
They recently added a new ring to the Stanley Cup for the Carolina Hurricanes and future cup winners, and that meant they had to remove a ring to make room. The ring they just removed included the Leafs' championship wins of 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951. That's right,
Tonight, all thirty teams in the NHL will see action. It's been sixteen long months since the Stanley Cup was won by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sixteen long, tumultuous months of nothing. Looking back, it all seems so surreal. The players were locked out, there was a great deal of
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
Today has seen a great influx in the number of people visiting this site having searched Google for Bill Barilko. My Bill Barilko page ranks a proud third when you Google it. Thanks to some major coverage in the Toronto Star's sports section today, it seems a number of people
It was 54 years ago today. 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 Toronto Maple Leafs. It remains the most legendary goal in the rich history of Canada's team. Pay your respects
A visitor just alerted me to the fact that my Bill Barilko page is listed #1 when you Google the word "barilko". Here it is and lo and behold I am number one at this exact moment in time. It truly is an honour.
Kevin Shea is the author of "Barilko: Without a Trace", the detailed story of Bill Barilko. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the legend of Bill Barilko. You'll see his name at the top of this site and you'll find a Barilko #5 Leafs jersey hanging in
I received a nice email from Kevin Shea regarding our mutual interest in Bill Barilko and The Tragically Hip. Kevin Shea has written "Barilko - Without a Trace", a book about the legend of Bashin' Bill Barilko "from his childhood in Timmins to his days playing for the Hollywood Wolves
Guess who's back in the news? Leaf Legend Bill Barilko's lore seems to grow with every passing year. A new book about Barilko was recently released and just yesterday the film rights were sold for an undisclosed amount to Vancouver-based producer George Mendeluk. If you're one of the few not
It was 53 years ago today #5 Bill Barilko scored the goal. 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
If you're Canadian, you're most likely familiar with the name Bill Barilko. Bill Barilko's goal in overtime won the Stanley Cup for my beloved Maple Leafs in 1951. At the age of 25, Bill Barilko would never score another. I maintain a tribute to Bill Barilko in an effort to