03: Bill Barilko Part I

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Bill Barilko was a young hard-hitting defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was called up to the Leafs towards the end of the 1946-47 season and helped Toronto win the Stanley Cup. He helped the Maple Leafs win the Cup again in 1948 and 1949. Toronto became the first team to win the Cup three straight years. After failing to make it to the finals in 1950, the Leafs returned in 1951 and Barilko scored the Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 5. The Leafs had won 4 Stanley Cups in 5 years. But tragedy struck shortly thereafter and Barilko disappeared on a fishing trip never to be seen alive again! In the first of this two-part series join me along with hockey historian and author Kevin Shea for a look back at the incredible story of Bill Barilko.

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