Today marks 50 years since the death of Buffalo Sabres' Tim Horton


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Today marks 50 years since the death of Buffalo Sabres' Tim Horton, who was killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 21, 1974, crashing his sports car on the QEW near St. Catharines, Ont., after a game against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are some stories and photos from our archives, and a look at the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on that day.


The first thing you should know about Tim Horton is doughnuts were a very small part of his life. That success — a string of shops throughout Canada and parts of the United States — came from a company that carried on after his death. The important thing you need to know about Tim Horton — he was a


Tim Horton: The name means more than doughnuts

An impeccably dressed young woman, perhaps on her break from the office Thursday afternoon, walked into the Tim Hortons on Niagara Falls Boulevard near the I-290 on-ramp and ordered coffee and a pastry. It looked like a routine moment in her day, until someone asked her what the name Tim Horton meant to her. “Coffee and doughnuts,” she replied,


This Day in Buffalo Sports History, Feb. 21, 1974: Tim Horton's tragic ride

This certainly ranks as one of the saddest days in Buffalo sports history. Buffalo fans woke up to the news that Sabres’ defenseman Tim Horton had died at the age of 44. Horton had been a big part of the Sabres’ surprising playoff run in 1972-73, and he came back to play another season in 1973-74. In fact, as


This Day in Buffalo Sports History, June 5, 1972: Tim Horton joins Sabres

One of the greatest players in hockey history, Tim Horton, became a Sabre on this date. Horton broke into the NHL in 1950, and saw regular duty with the Maple Leafs starting in 1952. The Leafs won four Stanley Cups in the next 18 years, and Horton was a major reason why. He was as strong as any player


Bruce Andriatch: A hard lesson from death of hockey great Tim Horton

Had Tim Horton died during the era of the 24-hour news cycle, we would have known much sooner. But he died in the middle of the night, at a time when the term multimedia meant you had one newspaper in the morning and one in the afternoon. So as I went through a normal school day, I didn’t know.

This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Tim Horton

(Born on January 12, 1930) — Count yourself as a hockey fan if you see the name Tim Horton on a storefront and think of hockey first. Count yourself as a big hockey fan if you know the Hall


Tim Horton statue​

A statue of former Sabre Tim Horton is located across from the Tim Hortons coffee shop at Canalside.


Buffalo Sabres - Tim Horton​

Tim Horton, a six-time NHL all-star, "is credited with bringing instant respectability to a young Sabres team," according to a story published…


Buffalo Sabres - Tim Horton​

Tim Horton: The star defenseman joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1972 at age 42 and became part of the franchise's first playoff qualifier that season.


Buffalo Sabres - Tim Horton​

Assistant trainer Angelo Nigro helps Tim Horton suit up for Sabres training camp in St. Catharines, Ont., 1972.


Front page - 1974​