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Bill Barilko's final goal, 1951
Bill Barilko was a talented defenceman with the Toronto Maple Leafs. People thought he was going to be a big star in hockey. At age 24, the young man from Timmins, Ontario made newspaper headlines when he scored the winning goal in overtime in the 1951 Stanley Cup finals against Montréal. It was the last game he ever played. So, what did happen to Bill?
Twelve years after his disappearance, the wreckage of a plane was found. It was the plane Bill Barilko had been on the day he went missing. The legend of Bill Barilko has been kept alive by the Tragically Hip's "Fifty-Mission Cap" and the Grievous Angels' "Bill Barilko Song."
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