History of Tim Horton

It’s all Canadian eh? 

Miles Gilbert Horton (Tim) was born in 1930 in Cochrane, Ontario and died in 1974. He was a Canadian professional hockey player, entrepreneur who founded the restaurant franchise Tim Hortons.

Mr.Horton was a defence player in the NHL playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs helping them win the Stanley Cup four times in 1962, 63, 64 and again in 1967. He also played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres.

In 1964 Horton opened a donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario called Tim Horton Donuts. This grew into a popular franchise, and by 1974 Tim Horton Donuts had 40 locations across Canada.  

Later in 1974 when returning from Buffalo to Toronto he died in a single-car accident. His career goals included 518 points, three All-Star appearances, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.

After Horton died, his business partner Ron Joyce bought out the Horton family shares taking over the existing 40 stores expanding the business.  As of 2018, there was 4846 restaurants in 14 countries. In some countries our “Timmies” is known as Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop.


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