I dug this out of a box only because I was looking for something else and good old Larry Wilson jumped out instead of Tim Daly, legendary trainer of both the Toronto St. Pats and the newborn Toronto Maple Leafs. So I’ll continue my hunt for Tim Daly’s autograph which I have somewhere, but in the meantime…….
This is Larry Wilson, not exactly a household name. But he was a big hockey man, and he fathered someone you probably know of.
My friend and I took a 30 minute bus ride to Barrie from Orillia to see an exhibition game between the AHL Buffalo Bison and Rochester Americans. We got there very early and the Buffalo trainer let us move sticks around, hang out in the dressing room, and stand with him off to the side behind the bench. Number 2 on defence for the Rochester Americans was Don Cherry. Number 9 for Buffalo was Wilson. I have him penned in on my program at the bottom.
Larry Wilson, in a career that spanned the late 1940’s to 1970, was a centreman with both the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks, but he spent 12 years with the Buffalo Bisons. And at some some point he fathered the present-day coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ron Wilson.