By Cassie Kamens
Tim Horton was born on January 12, 1930 in Ontario, Canada. Horton played junior hockey St. Michael’s team. Scouts and executives thought that Horton would be one of the best defensemen and they were right. Despite becoming one of the best defensemen in the NHL, he had a rough start to his career. He finally got a regular position on the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1952 after years in the minor league. Over his time in the league, Horton played for the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Penguins, and
Sabres. Overall he played in 1,445 regular season games with 115 goals and 403 assists and 126 post-season games with 11 goals and 39 assists. He was a 4-time Stanley Cup Winner(1962,1963,1964,1967). In 1977, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2017, Horton was named to the list of 100-greatest players of all time in the NHL. The Buffalo Sabres retired Horton’s number, 2, after he tragically lost his life on February 21, 1974 on his way home from a game the Sabres played in Toronto. The Maple Leafs would also retire the number, 7, which Horton wore while playing there. Horton is also well known for opening his own doughnut shop in Ontario in 1964. Now the company Tim Hortons has many locations in Canada, Buffalo, and surrounding areas. After Horton passed away, his business partner, Ron Joyce, bought out Horton’s family. The restaurant chain now has more than 4,000 locations in the northeast.