1964, the first Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop was opened in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada by none other than NHL legend Tim Horton. The business became a multimillion dollar franchise by 1968 and when Horton died in 1974 as the result of a car accident, Tim Horton’s had reached a total of 40 store locations. Upon Tim’s death, his business partner, Ron Joyce, bought out Horton’s family shares in the business for $1 million and become sole owner. At the close of 2016, the Tim Horton’s chain had over 4,600 locations in nine countries.
Horton was a member of four Stanley Cup champion teams and was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame in 1977.
Tim Horton’s is a proud sponsor and official coffee of several professional teams and of the NHL. They have also worked with Upper Deck to release special hockey trading card sets through their locations.