I enjoyed the sweet treat in the Tim Hortons in the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
The chain was founded almost a half-century ago by Tim Horton, still household name in Canada. A defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team from 1949 through 1971, he played in 1,446 regular season games, scoring 115 goals and 403 assists (according to Wikipedia).
Tim Horton was born in Cochrane, Ontario on January 12, 1930. He was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1949 and performed as “one of the steadiest defensemen on the blueline” throughout his 22 years in the National Hockey League: he played in 1,446 regular season games, scoring 115 goals and 403 assists for a total of 518 points. Horton played on four Stanley Cup teams, was an All-Star player six times, and was honoured in 1969 with the J.P. Bickell Memorial Cup in recognition of his outstanding service to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club.
Like many pro athletes, he looked toward a future when he could no longer play the game he loved. He opened his first Tim Hortons franchise — selling doughnuts and coffee — in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1964.
By the time of his death in an automobile accident in 1974, there were 30 Tim Hortons. Now, there are more than 4,000, serving a whole lot more than just coffee and doughnuts. Corporate offices are in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
And nothing says “Welcome to Canada” like a Maple Dip!