Rudolph Pilous (August 11, 1914 – December 5, 1994) was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pilous won a Stanley Cup coaching the Chicago Black Hawks in 1960–61, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 in the builder category.
Pilous played junior ice hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League before becoming a New York Rangers prospect. During 1937–38, Pilous played minor professional hockey with the New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League. Unable to reach the National Hockey League, Pilous transferred the St. Catharines Saints, a senior ice hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association Senior division from 1938 to 1941.
Coach and team builder
In 1943, Pilous cofounded the St. Catharines Falcons, a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association. Pilous left the Falcons in 1946, spending the 1946–47 season as a scout for the nearby Buffalo Bisons. Pilous spent the 1947–48 season in Houston, Texas, winning the USHL Championship. In 1948–49, Pilous led the San Diego Skyhawks to the Pacific Coast Hockey League title.
After the PCHL, Pilous returned to the team he founded in St. Catharines, now known as the St. Catharines Teepees. He coached the team to a Memorial Cup championship in the 1954 Memorial Cup, and was its general manager for the 1960 Memorial Cup victory.
Pilous coached the Denver Invaders in 1963–64 to the Western Hockey League's Governor's Trophy. After a brief stint with the Hamilton Red Wings, Pilous was hired to be the initial general manager of the expansion Oakland Seals in 1967. Pilous was quickly dismissed by team owners, and joined the Denver Spurs of the WHL, building them into a first place team by 1972.
Pilous returned to his childhood home in Manitoba, with the Brandon Wheat Kings and subsequently coaching the Winnipeg Jets. Pilous later became general manager, and led the Jets to Avco World Trophy championships in 1976, 1978 and 1979.
Pilous' coaching career ended where it started in St. Catharines 43 years earlier, at the helm of the St. Catharines Saints from 1983 to 1986.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|CHI||1957–58||37||14||22||1||29||5th in NHL||DNQ|
|CHI||1958–59||70||28||29||13||69||3rd in NHL||Lost in First Round|
|CHI||1959–60||70||28||29||13||69||3rd in NHL||Lost in First Round|
|CHI||1960–61||70||29||24||17||75||3rd in NHL||Won Stanley Cup|
|CHI||1961–62||70||31||26||13||75||3rd in NHL||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|CHI||1962–63||70||32||21||17||81||2nd in NHL||Lost in First Round|
|WPG (WHA)||1974–75||65||34||26||5||73||3rd in Canadian||DNQ|
Awards and achievements
- USHL Championship (1948)
- PCHL Championship (1949)
- Memorial Cup Championships (1954 & 1960)
- Stanley Cup Championship (1961)
- WHL regular season Championship (1964)
- Avco Cup (WHA) (1976, 1978, & 1979)
- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
- Biographical information and career statistics from Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Rudy Pilous's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
| Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
| General Manager of the California Seals
| General Manager of the original Winnipeg Jets
John Ferguson, Sr.
| Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets