Barilko, Bill

Date of Birth 1927-03-25 Place of birth: Timmins, Ontario
Date of Death 1951-08-26 Place of death: near Cochrane, Ontario

Also known as William Barilko, “Bashin’ Bill” Barilko

Bill Barilko scored the overtime goal in game 5 of the 1950-51 Stanley Cup playoffs to win the Stanley Cup.

Bill Barilko disappeared on a fishing trip that summer. Immortalized in a Tragically Hip song, the Toronto Maple Leafs did not win another Stanley Cup until his body was discovered in 1962.

The Leafs did not win a single Stanley Cup the entire time period in which Barilko was missing. Barilko’s mysterious disappearance was solved in the Spring of 1962, the same Spring that the Leafs finally won their eighth Stanley Cup. No one has worn the number five for the Leafs ever since.

Timmins Memorial Cemetery

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