Labeled by Gordie Howe as "hockey's strongest man," Horton spent 22 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. While playing for the Leafs in 1964, he opened the Tim Horton Donut Shop in Ontario. By 1967 it was a million dollar brand, thanks to its combination of cheap donuts and Horton's immense popularity in Canada. The seven-time All-Star was killed in a car crash in 1974, but his business grew ever more successful under the stewardship of his partner, Ron Joyce. Today there are over 2,700 Tim Hortons outlets across Canada and in the US. Horton was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.