Thursday 21st February 1974
Hall-of-Fame NHL defenseman Tim Horton (44), who played 24 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres, was killed in an automobile accident shortly after what would be his final professional hockey game. Having drunk a considerable amount of vodka, Horton was driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way from Toronto to Buffalo in his De Tomaso Pantera sports car when he failed to make a curve, lost control, and hit a cement culvert. His car flipped over and he was thrown out of the car (he was not wearing his seat belt). His car had been going over 100 miles per hour at the time of the accident. Horton also founded a chain of donut shops that bear his name.