RIP: Pierre Pilote

RIP: Pierre Pilote
10 Sep
Not in Hall of Fame
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.
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2017-09-22 22:43
Pierre Pilote's three Norris trophies ties him with Chris Chelios, Paul Coffey, and Denis Potvin, with only Ray Bourque (5), Doug Harvey (7), Nicklas Lidstrom (7), and Bobby Orr (8) ahead of them. Not bad considering that Pilote retired following the 1968-69 season. That's nearly a half-century ago, and look at how many great defensemen have played since then.

Yes, Pilote retired in 1969, not in 1977, and that 418 should be for total assists, not total points. He scored 80 goals to bring his total points to 498. That might seem low today (Bourque, Coffey, Phil Housley), but Pilote played all but two seasons in the 70-game Original Six era, when blueliners were not expected to be offensive superstars.

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