Kevin Shea Barilko: Without a Trace

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Barilko: Without a Trace

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A poor boy from Northern Ontario who labored at skating, Barilko miraculously found himself playing defense 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 planned one final fishing trip to a favored spot on the east side of James Bay. Neither Barilko nor his friend, pilot Dr. Henry Hudson, were heard from again, prompting the most massive aerial search in Canadian history. 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 in 1962 that the Leafs again hoisted the Stanley Cup.

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KEVIN SHEA is a Windsor native, and the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame. A lifelong Leafs fan, Shea has written nine books on hockey, including Over the Boards: The Ron Ellis Story (2002), Lord Stanley: The Man Behind The Cup(2006) and Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967(2010). Shea currently resides in Toronto.

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“There must be something in Bill Barilko that people relate to. We’re all united in tragedy.” ?Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip

“There is no doubt that Bill Barilko would have been an All-Star and Hall of Fame inductee.”? Ted Kennedy, Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame

“Barilko’s 1951 Stanley Cup-winning goal is one of the greatest and most memorable goals of all time.”?Ken Dryden, Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame; Former Vice Chairman, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

“Shea’s meticulously compiled account of the young Toronto Maple Leaf’s life, his heroics in the 1951 Stanley Cup final followed four months later by his tragic disappearance in the Northern Ontario bush while on a fishing trip deserves to be the definitive version of events.” ? London Free Press on Barilko Without a Trace

“It’s a roaring good tale, and Kevin Shea tells it in fascinating detail and with great verve.” ? Globe and Mail on Barilko Without a Trace

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