Without A Trace

Book - 2010
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It was as though fate singled out Bill Barilko for immortality.A poor boy from Northern Ontario who laboured at skating, Barilko, miraculously found himself playing defence on the hockey team of his dreams—the Toronto Maple Leafs. Through five National Hockey League seasons, Barilko emerged as the toast of Toronto, winning four Stanley Cup championships. On April 21, 1951, playing their rivals, the loathed Montreal Canadiens, Bill Barilko scored the overtime goal, winning the Toronto Maple Leafs their seventh Stanley Cup. It was the last game he ever played.Four months later, preparing to return to Toronto for training camp, Barilko made a fateful decision and planned one final fishing trip to a favoured spot on the east side of James Bay. Neither Barilko nor his friend, pilot Dr. Henry Hudson, were heard from again, prompting a massive aerial search. Eleven years later, the remains of both men were discovered in the remnants of their small aircraft, a few miles outside of Cochrane, Ontario.It wasn't until Barilko's body was found, that the Leafs again hoisted the Stanley Cup. They won the Cup that same year—1962.Bill Barilko's life has been celebrated for more than fifty years. The impeccable shot taken by Nat Turofsky is the most requested photograph in the archives of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto Star selected Barilko's Stanley Cup-winning goal as one of the top three sporting moments in Toronto history in December 2003, the National Post called Barilko's 1950-51 Leaf team the best Toronto hockey team of all time. The Tragically Hip has even celebrated Bill Barilko's legend in their song, "Fifty Mission Cap."Barilko: Without a Trace chronicles the extraordinary story of this immensely popular athlete and includes a new chapter on the rediscovered crash site. Teammates Ted Kennedy, Allan Stanley, Gus Mortson and Howie Meeker are among those who share stories of their sporting life with Bill. Childhood friends and his grieving girlfriend explain the Bill we didn't read about. Those involved in both the search and discovery tell their amazing tales. And the entire story is lovingly woven together through the immaculate memories of Bill's sister, Anne.
Publisher: Toronto : Fenn Pub., c2010.
ISBN: 9781551683782
Branch Call Number: 796.962092 Baril -S
Characteristics: x, 362 pages : illustrations


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Oct 17, 2015

If you're a fan of The Tragically Hip, then you definitely know about the Bill Barilko story. But if you want to venture beyond the fifty mission cap, read this book by Kevin Shea. From his humble beginnings in Timmins, Ontario, hockey allowed Barilko to escape the mines as he headed west to play in Hollywood, California of all places. Called up by the Leafs in 1947, Bashin' Bill would end up being an integral part of a dynasty that dominated the late 40s. And his untimely death in 1951 after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in OT is a movie producer's dream come true. Barilko was a great read and is especially recommended for those who weren't born during his era of hockey. You'll learn not only how dominant the Leafs were back then but also how the game has changed so much, for better or for worse.

Apr 05, 2005

The Bill Barilko story is the stuff of legend. If it was not true you probably wouldn''t believe it. Unfortunately the book''s author is not quite up to the challenge. A must read for Toronto Maple Leaf fans and hockey historians.

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