Two minutes and 53 seconds into overtime, Bill Barilko, a defenceman who had scored just four goals in 46 playoff games to that point, rushed in from the point and scored. Barilko's goal clinched the seventh Stanley Cup victory for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Barilko's fourth since joining the team four years earlier. 

As a 19 year-old call-up in 1947, Barilko was a determined, tough and little-known defender. Four years later, with one sprawling backhand shot, he had achieved hero status in Toronto. 

Unfortunately it was the last shot Bill Barilko would ever take. That summer Barilko and a friend died in a plane crash while on a fishing trip in Northern Ontario. The Leafs didn't win another Stanley Cup until 1962 -- the same year Barilko's remains were discovered.

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Do you think the Toronto Maple Leafs Bill Barilko incident is a coincidence? (see story)
Two minutes and 53 seconds into overtime, Bill Barilko, a defenceman who had scored just four goals in 46 playoff games to that point, rushed in from the point and scored. Barilko`s goal clinched the seventh Stanley Cup victory for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Barilko`s fourth since joining the team four years earlier.

As a 19 year-old call-up in 1947, Barilko was a determined, tough and little-known defender. Four years later, with one sprawling backhand shot, he had achieved hero status in Toronto.

Unfortunately it was the last shot Bill Barilko would ever take. That summer Barilko and a friend died in a plane crash while on a fishing trip in Northern Ontario. The Leafs didn`t win another Stanley Cup until 1962 -- the same year Barilko`s remains were discovered.

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19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/30/02 - 4:16:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
what other explanation can there be?
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/30/02 - 4:17:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ghost, neon. It's gotta be ghosts.
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/30/02 - 4:33:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's kinda creepy.
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/30/02 - 5:12:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
does that mean they'll never win the cup again?
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/30/02 - 6:12:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
someone could have been watching over them... :)
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 2:46:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
wow!!!! That's a great story
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 3:12:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ahh it's in Hip song!
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 6:22:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
HE'S GORGEOUS!!!! I WANT HIM. MMH MMH MMH, YUMMY. Even if he is dead.
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 6:23:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Shame he died so young too.
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 8:56:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think its a coincidence, and damn hes hot!!
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 8:58:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
where's the picture?
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 9:04:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
It doesnt show up in the forum, hit skip, then it will show up.
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 9:23:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Does that happen with all pictures in the forum?
19 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 9:35:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Usually that is the case Purp, just a weird YT thingy.
19 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 12/1/02 - 5:57:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Thats messed, i wonder how good he would've gotten if he had the chance....



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