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Co-Founder of Canada's iconic Coffee Shop

Tim" Horton was a Canadian professional hockey player in the NHL and a successful businessman. Tim Horton was also co-founder of the iconic Tim Hortons restaurant chain. Horton was one of the best defenseman from the National Hockey League’s Original Six Era. He died February 21, 1974 in St. Catharines, ON.

Hockey Career

He played his first NHL game on March 26, 1950 and did not return to the NHL until the fall of 1952. He played with the Toronto Maple Leafs until 1970, winning four Stanley Cups. Horton later played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Horton was known for his tremendous strength and calmness under pressure. As a hard-working and durable defenceman, Horton gained relatively few penalty minutes for an enforcer-type defenceman. Horton appeared in seven National Hockey League All-Star Games. He was named an NHL First Team All-Star three times: (1964, 1968, and 1969). He was selected to the NHL Second Team three times: (1954, 1963, 1967).

In spite of Horton's age, 42, and considerable nearsightedness, his performance in 1973 assisted the Buffalo Sabres in their first playoff appearance. While playing for the Leafs, Horton wore the number 7, the same number worn by King Clancy from 1931–32 to 1936–37. The team declared both Horton and Clancy honoured players at a ceremony on November 21, 1995, but did not retire the number 7 from team use; despite this, it became an Honoured Jersey Number, abiding by Leafs honours policy. Horton wore number 2 in Buffalo (as Rick Martin already had the number 7), which was retired.

The Entreprenure

In 1964, Horton opened his first Tim Horton Doughnut Shop in Hamilton, Ontario on Ottawa Street. He even added a few of his culinary creations to the initial menu. By 1968, Tim Horton had become a multimillion-dollar franchise system. Horton's previous business ventures included both a hamburger restaurant and Studebaker auto dealership in Toronto. Upon Horton's death in 1974, his business partner, Ron Joyce, bought out the Horton family's shares and took over as sole owner of the existing chain that had 40 stores at the time and there are now over 3,500 Tim Hortons franchises across Canada, almost 1,000 in the United States and 38 in the Persian Gulf. If we keep winning, our destiny is in our own hands." -- Tim Horton If you would like to find out more about Tim Horton, please visit the
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