Pierre Pilote

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Pierre Pilote
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1975
Pierre Pilote Chex card.jpg
Born (1931-12-11) December 11, 1931 (age 83)
Kenogami, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Chicago Black Hawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
AHL
Buffalo Bisons
Playing career 1955–1969

Joseph Albert Pierre Paul Pilote (born December 11, 1931) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. After playing junior hockey for the St. Catharines Teepees in the Ontario Hockey Association, Pilote played minor professional hockey for the Buffalo Bisons in the American Hockey League. Pilote played 890 games in the National Hockey League. He scored 80 goals and 418 assists for 498 points in 13 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks and one year for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kenogami, Quebec, his family moved to Fort Erie, Ontario - across the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York - when he was 14 years old. Because the local rink collapsed in a storm,[1] Pilote did not play his first organized hockey game until he was 17 years of age.

NHL defenceman[edit]

Pilote was a three-time recipient of the Norris Trophy as outstanding defenceman in 1963, 1964, and 1965 as well as runner-up in 1962, 1966 and 1967. He was on the first or second all-star team every year from 1960 to 1967. During his playing career, he was respected as an iron man playing 376 consecutive games. Wearing his familiar number 3, Pilote played his best hockey teamed with Elmer 'Moose' Vasko on the Chicago blue line. Together they formed one of the great all-time defence pairings. " Pete" was one of the greatest offensive blue-liners, who often carried the puck up ice. He was a fixture on the Chicago power play on the point due to his ability to handle the puck. Pilote was noted for wearing a snappy crew cut, donning the helmet in later years.

In 1961, the Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup and at the beginning of the following season, Pilote was named captain of the team.

Post-NHL career[edit]

Pilote in 2010

Pilote was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1998, he was ranked number 59 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 greatest hockey players. In 2005, in a series of stamps portraying great hockey stars, Canada Post honoured Pilote.

On July 18, 2008, the Blackhawks announced that the #3 jersey worn by Pilote and Keith Magnuson would be retired in a joint ceremony. The ceremony was held on November 12, 2008, before the Blackhawks faced off against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup at the United Center. The Bruins ultimately won in the shootout 2-1. In 2011, Pilote was inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.

In January 2012, Pilote travelled to his home region, where he unveiled a statue in his honour in the Jonquiere Sports Palace. Also in 2012, he was made an Honorary Ambassador to the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2013, ECW Press published his biography "Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Story", co-written with authors L. "Waxy" Gregoire, a member of the International Hockey Researchers Association and David M. Dupuis, also a member of the International Hockey Researchers Association and author of Sawchuk: The Troubles and Triumphs of the World's Greatest Goaltender.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951–52 St. Catharines Teepees OHA 52 21 32 53 0
1951–52 Buffalo Bisons AHL 60 25 48 73 122
1952–53 Buffalo Bisons AHL 61 2 14 16 85
1953–54 Buffalo Bisons AHL 67 2 28 30 108 3 0 0 0 6
1954–55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 63 10 28 38 125 10 0 4 4 18
1955–56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 43 0 11 11 118 5 0 2 2 4
1955–56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 20 3 5 8 34
1956–57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 3 14 17 117
1957–58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 6 24 30 91
1958–59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 7 30 37 79 6 0 2 2 10
1959–60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 7 38 45 100 4 0 1 1 8
1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 6 29 35 165 12 3 12 15 8
1961–62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 7 35 42 97 12 0 7 7 8
1962–63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 8 18 26 57 6 0 8 8 8
1963–64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 7 46 53 84 7 2 6 8 6
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 14 45 59 162 12 0 7 7 22
1965–66 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 51 2 34 36 60 6 0 2 2 10
1966–67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 6 46 52 90 6 2 4 6 6
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 1 36 37 69 11 1 3 4 12
1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 3 18 21 46 4 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 890 80 418 498 1251 86 8 53 61 102

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Preceded by
Ed Litzenberger
Chicago Black Hawks captain
196168
Succeeded by
Pat Stapleton
Preceded by
Doug Harvey
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1963, 1964, 1965
Succeeded by
Jacques Laperrière