October 22, 2022
Allan Stanley 1958-1959 Parkhurst Hockey Card
Originally from Timmins, Allan Stanley was a rock-solid defensive defenseman who played for the Rangers, Blackhawks, Bruins, Flyers and Leafs. He won four Stanley Cups with Toronto, including the 1967 victory that lives on in hockey lore. He looked back on this as the most satisfying moment of his career, because everyone had counted the Leafs out, and more importantly, because they beat the Habs.
He often played alongside Tim Horton—together they were one of the best defence pairings in the game. Though he wasn’t the fastest skater, he was “a damn good teammate, he was smart on the ice, he was always prepared to play,” in the words of teammate Dick Duff. In 1981 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
After he retired, he and his wife Barbara purchased the Beehive Resort (Now Eganridge Inn and Country Club), located between Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon. They were memorable hosts for the many guests and golf enthusiasts, and played a major role in developing the adjacent subdivision. He drove a two-seat roadster convertible, recognizable wherever he went.
Allan helped organize the Byrnell Manor Hockey Camp, which was a dream come true for many local kids. They had the unique opportunity to learn how to play hockey from NHL stars like Pierre Pilote, Milt Schmidt, Dennis Hull, and of course a standout defenseman from the ’67 Leafs. Young players travelled from all over the province to be part of this camp. For these kids, the memories of the Byrnell Hockey Camp lasted a lifetime.