Friday, April 30, 2004

Fifty Mission Cap (re-discovered)

While surfing around and listening to music online related to hockey, I found this one song sung by Canadian rockers "The Tragically Hip". Listening closely, I heard the singer mention something about "the last goal he ever scored won the leafs the cup."

I'd say that song was about hockey. However, I really just enjoyed the music without knowing what exactly the song meant. I had to watch tonight's game of Philly v. Toronto on ESPN as explained by Steve Levy to get the full story.

The "fifty mission cap" song is about the mysterious cycle of how the Leafs won the Cup in the early 50's. The guy who scored the winning goal unfortunately disappeared that summer after taking a plane to go fishing. The Leafs didn't win the Stanley Cup championship for over 10 years. They finally found his remains and that same year, the Leafs won the cup in 1962.

Believe it or not, read for yourselves at a web page honoring one of the Leafs players to have his jersey number actually retired. Barilko WebPage
Today, Darcy Tucker of the Toronto Maple Leafs hope that Brilko's ghost or legend will work one more time. He hopes the media will pick up the story and fans re-discover Brilko in hopes that Toronto wins the Stanley Cup again this season.
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