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6. Pierre Pilote

What bothers us quite a bit is how Pierre Pilote has become a forgotten legend among the even some of the Chicago Blackhawks faithful.  Now granted he played with Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Glenn Hall but this is a player who for many was regarded as the first blueliner to adapt to a two way game, which makes him not only a top Chicago Blackhawk but one of the most influential players in the game of hockey.

RIP: Pierre Pilote

It was announced today that Hockey Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote passed away at the age of 85.

Pilote was one of the most accomplished Defenceman in the National Hockey League throughout the 1960’s and he was named the Norris Trophy winner three seasons in a row (1963-63). A member of the Chicago Blackhawks for 12 of his 13 seasons, Pilote was named a First Team All Star five times, a Second Team All Star three times and the native of Kenogami, Quebec was an integral reason why Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 1961.

The blueliner would serve as the team captain from 1961 to 1977 and he would score 418 Points over a 890 Game career.

Pilote’s #3 was retired by the Blackhawks in 2008 (along with Keith Magnusson who wore the same number) and he was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Pierre Pilote at this time.

Pierre Pilote

You would not expect that someone who did not play his first organized game of Hockey until the age of seventeen to one day make the Hall of Fame, but Pierre Pilote as not your average man. Working hard to improve his skating skills to a professional level, Pilote entered the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1955 and though his debut campaign was not a successful one, he returned to Chicago vastly improved the next season.
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