Bill Barilko

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Bill Barilko
Born (1927-03-25)March 25, 1927
Timmins, ON, CAN
Died c. August 26, 1951(1951-08-26) (aged 24)
Cochrane, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Hollywood Wolves (PCHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1945–1951

William "Bashin' Bill" Barilko (March 25, 1927 – c. August 26, 1951) was a Canadian ice hockey player who played his entire National Hockey League career for the Toronto Maple Leafs.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Barilko was of Ukrainian descent and had a brother, Alex, and sister, Anne.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In February 1947, Bill Barilko was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs from the PCHL's Hollywood Wolves and played for Leafs until his death.[4] He was assigned sweater #21 when he debuted for the Leafs. He changed to #19 for the 1948-49 and 1949-50 seasons. The #5 (which was retired by the Leafs) was only worn by Barilko for one season, 1950-51. During that span of five seasons, Barilko and the Toronto Maple Leafs were Stanley Cup champions on four occasions 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951.[5] The last goal he ever scored (in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens' Gerry McNeil in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, on April 21, 1951) won the Maple Leafs the Stanley Cup.[2]

Disappearance and death[edit]

On August 26, 1951, Barilko joined his dentist, Henry Hudson, on a flight aboard Hudson's Fairchild 24 floatplane to Seal River, Quebec, for a weekend fishing trip.[6] On the return trip, the single-engine plane disappeared and its passengers remained missing.[6] Eleven years later, on June 6, 1962, helicopter pilot Ron Boyd discovered the wreckage of the plane[7] about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Cochrane, Ontario,[8][9] about 56 kilometers (35 miles) off course. The cause of the crash was deemed to have been a combination of pilot inexperience, poor weather and overloaded cargo.[10] Notably, the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup that year, after not winning it at all during the eleven years that he was missing.[8][10][11]

The 1992 song "Fifty Mission Cap" by The Tragically Hip is about Barilko's death and the Leafs' subsequent Stanley Cup drought.[6][9]

Barilko is buried in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, at the Timmins Memorial Cemetery.[12]

Honours[edit]

Barilko played in the 1947, 1948 and 1949 NHL All-Star Game, scoring a goal in the 1949 game.

Barilko won 4 Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951.

Barilko's #5 is one of only two numbers retired by the Maple Leafs (Ace Bailey's #6 is the other).[2][6][8]

Barilko's story was published in the 1988 book Overtime, Overdue: The Bill Barilko Story, by John Melady, and the 2004 book Barilko — Without A Trace, by Kevin Shea.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1943–44 Holman Pluggers NOHA
1944–45 Timmins Canadians NOHA
1944–45 Porcupine Combines NOHA 3 2 5 8
1945–46 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 38 4 5 9 103 12 2 3 5 26
1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 3 7 10 33 11 0 3 3 18
1946–47 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 47 9 2 11 69
1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 5 9 14 147 9 1 0 1 17
1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 5 4 9 95 9 0 1 1 20
1949–50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 7 10 17 85 7 1 1 2 18
1950–51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 6 6 12 96 11 3 2 5 31
NHL totals 252 26 36 62 456 47 5 7 12 104

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What are some Canadian stories that have not been told or potentially could be told?". Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Toronto Maple Leafs Team Alumni Bios: Bill Barilko". Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  3. ^ Hornby, Lance (April 20, 2011). "The legend of Bill Barilko". The Toronto Sun. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Maple Leafs History: 1940s". Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Maple Leafs History: 1950s". Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d Template:Cite news 1.html
  7. ^ Victims of Aviation Accidents or Incidents in Canada: Cal Jones, Billy Joe Booth, Jonathan Mann, Brice Herbert Goldsborough, Bill Barilko, ISBN 978-1-155-40830-9
  8. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Todd (1999-06-07). "Bashin' Bill". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  9. ^ a b "Millennium Moment: Fifty Mission Cap". University of Western Ontario Gazette. 1999-05-28. Archived from the original on 12 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  10. ^ a b "Bashing Bill Barilko is Missing". CBC. p. "Did you know". Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  11. ^ "Maple Leafs History: 1960s". Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  12. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=7014062&page=gr

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