| 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
180 lb (82 kg)
|Teams||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Born|| March 25, 1927,|
Timmins, ON, CAN
|Died|| August 26, 1951 (age 24),|
|Pro Career||1945 – 1951|
William "Bashin' Bill" Barilko (born March 25, 1927 in Timmins, Ontario – died August 26, 1951 near Cochrane, Ontario) was a Canadian player who played his entire National Hockey League career for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
NHL career Edit
In February 1947, Barilko was called up to the Maple Leafs from the PCHL's Hollywood Wolves and played for the big club until his death. His sweater number was 21 when he first donned the blue and white during the 1946-47 and 1947-48 seasons. He was promoted to number 19 for the 1948-49 and 1949-50 seasons. The number 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. Barilko scored the overtime goal against the Montreal Canadiens' Gerry McNeil in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on April 21, 1951, to clinch the Cup for the Maple Leafs.
Four months later, on August 26, 1951, he joined his dentist Henry Hudson on a flight aboard Hudson's Fairchild 24 floatplane to Seal River, Quebec, for a fishing trip. On the return trip, the single-engine plane disappeared and its passengers remained missing. On June 7, 1962, helicopter pilot Ron Boyd discovered the wreckage of the plane about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Cochrane, Ontario (about 35 miles off course). The cause of the crash was deemed to have been a combination of pilot inexperience, poor weather and overloaded cargo. Notably, the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup that year, after not winning it at all during the eleven years that he was missing.
Barilko is one of only two players to have had his number retired by the Maple Leafs. (Ace Bailey's #6 is the other.)
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