Barilko: Without a Trace

by Kevin Shea

Fenn Publishing Company Ltd. | June 3, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Barilko: Without a Trace is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

It was as though fate singled out Bill Barilko for immortality.

A poor boy from Northern Ontario who laboured at skating, Barilko, miraculously found himself playing defence 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 made a fateful decision and planned one final fishing trip to a favoured spot on the east side of James Bay. Neither Barilko nor his friend, pilot Dr. Henry Hudson, were heard from again, prompting a massive aerial search. 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, that the Leafs again hoisted the Stanley Cup. They won the Cup that same year-1962.

Bill Barilko’s life has been celebrated for more than fifty years. The impeccable shot taken by Nat Turofsky is the most requested photograph in the archives of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto Star selected Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning goal as one of the top three sporting moments in Toronto history in December 2003, the National Post called Barilko’s 1950-51 Leaf team the best Toronto hockey team of all time. The Tragically Hip has even celebrated Bill Barilko’s legend in their song, “Fifty Mission Cap.”

Barilko: Without a Trace chronicles the extraordinary story of this immensely popular athlete and includes a new chapter on the rediscovered crash site. Teammates Ted Kennedy, Allan Stanley, Gus Mortson and Howie Meeker are among those who share stories of their sporting life with Bill. Childhood friends and his grieving girlfriend explain the Bill we didn’t read about. Those involved in both the search and discovery tell their amazing tales. And the entire story is lovingly woven together through the immaculate memories of Bill’s sister, Anne.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: June 3, 2011

Publisher: Fenn Publishing Company Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551683784

ISBN - 13: 9781551683782

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leafs Hockey Mythology Comes to Life Kevin Shea has written a masterpiece of Canadian Cultural mythology exploring the hockey legend Bill Barilko and his mysterious disappearance after scoring the Stanley Cup winner against the Habs in 1951. This is not just a hockey book. Shea writes about Barilko's early life, influences and career track. He shines a light on "The Porcupine" - the area in and around Timmins where Barilko and several other NHL greats came to maturity. The exhaustive attention to details of Barilko's untimely death make this a gripping read. Shea had unparallelled access to Barilko's sister, Anne Klisanich who shared observations and memories of her brother Bill. Her love of her brother and the game of hockey come through very clearly in Shea's book. He combines the right amount of tension with lots of rich detail to make for a rewarding and inspiring read for any Canadian book-lover. Several outstanding photographs illusrtate the book - many from Anne Klisanich's own private archive of the scrapbooks she kept of her brother's life. If you find the Tragically Hip's song "Fifty Mission Cap" running through your head - you aren't alone. Shea also explored the connections between Bailko's life and popular culture today. In this updated release, there is further information as to the condition of the crash site which was found again in 2005. I'm going recommend this one for my Book Club!
Date published: 2010-09-22

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Barilko: Without a Trace

Barilko: Without a Trace

by Kevin Shea

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: June 3, 2011

Publisher: Fenn Publishing Company Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551683784

ISBN - 13: 9781551683782

From the Publisher

It was as though fate singled out Bill Barilko for immortality.

A poor boy from Northern Ontario who laboured at skating, Barilko, miraculously found himself playing defence 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 made a fateful decision and planned one final fishing trip to a favoured spot on the east side of James Bay. Neither Barilko nor his friend, pilot Dr. Henry Hudson, were heard from again, prompting a massive aerial search. 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, that the Leafs again hoisted the Stanley Cup. They won the Cup that same year-1962.

Bill Barilko’s life has been celebrated for more than fifty years. The impeccable shot taken by Nat Turofsky is the most requested photograph in the archives of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto Star selected Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning goal as one of the top three sporting moments in Toronto history in December 2003, the National Post called Barilko’s 1950-51 Leaf team the best Toronto hockey team of all time. The Tragically Hip has even celebrated Bill Barilko’s legend in their song, “Fifty Mission Cap.”

Barilko: Without a Trace chronicles the extraordinary story of this immensely popular athlete and includes a new chapter on the rediscovered crash site. Teammates Ted Kennedy, Allan Stanley, Gus Mortson and Howie Meeker are among those who share stories of their sporting life with Bill. Childhood friends and his grieving girlfriend explain the Bill we didn’t read about. Those involved in both the search and discovery tell their amazing tales. And the entire story is lovingly woven together through the immaculate memories of Bill’s sister, Anne.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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