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Former record holder Tim Horton's daughter Tracy Horton-Simone (L) and Colorado Avalanche General Manager Francois Giguere (second from left) unveil gift for Avalanche defenseman Karlis Skrastins (R) of Latvia on the eve of his NHL record breaking night against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Pepsi Center in Denver February 8, 2007. Skrastins wife Zane stands by during the unveiling. Skrastins was honored for his 487 consecutive game played by a defenseman breaking a 39-year old record held by Toronto Maple Leafs Tim Horton. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Miles Gilbert "Tim" Horton (January 12, 1930 – February 21, 1974) was a Canadian professional hockey defenceman from Cochrane, Ontario. He played in 24 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres. He was also a businessman and the co-founder of Tim Hortons, now Canada's largest restaurant chain. He died in an automobile crash at St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1974 at the age of 44.

Miles Gilbert Horton was born in Cochrane, Ontario, at Lady Minto Hospital. His parents were Aaron Oakley Horton (a CNR mechanic) and Ethel Horton. Miles had one brother, Gerry Horton.

His father was English and his mother Irish. The Hortons moved to Duparquet, Quebec, in 1935, but returned to Cochrane, Ontario, in 1938. In 1945, Horton moved to Sudbury, Ontario.

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