From Timmins & Cochrane, Ontario
The short, remarkable life of Leafs defenceman William “Bashin’ Bill” Barilko ended in tragedy just weeks after he became a team’s hero.
Born in 1927 in Timmins, Ontario
Died in 1951 in Cochrane, Ontario
Barilko was of Ukrainian descent.
In 1947 Bill Barilko was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his just five NHL seasons, he won four Stanley Cups (1947, 1948, 1949, 1951), scoring, arguably the most dramatic Stanley Cup-winning goal. In 1951, the Toronto-Montreal finals were the closest ever, with all five games going into overtime. It was Barilko who scored the winner in that deciding game, the hero for a city and country.