Pierre Pilote
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
178 lb (81 kg)
Teams Chicago Black Hawks,
Toronto Maple Leafs,
Buffalo Bisons
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 11,1931,
Kenogami, Quebec, Canada
Pro Career 1955 – 1969

Joseph Albert Pierre Paul Pilote (born December 11, 1931, in Kenogami, Quebec; died September 9, 2017) was a Canadian professional 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.

His family moved to Fort Erie, Ontario when he was very young. Because the local rink collapsed in a storm, Pilote did not play his first organized hockey game until he was 17 years of age.

He stood 5 foot 9 and his playing weight was 165. Pilote was a three time recipient of the Norris Trophy for 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.

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

Pilote was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1998, he was ranked number 59 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News. In 2005, in a series of stamps honouring great hockey stars, Canada Post honoured Pilote with his own stamp.

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 at the United Center.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951–52St. Catharines TeePeesOHA522132530
1951–52Buffalo BisonsAHL60254873122
1952–53Buffalo BisonsAHL612141685
1953–54Buffalo BisonsAHL672283010830006
1954–55Buffalo BisonsAHL631028381251004418
1955–56Buffalo BisonsAHL430111111850224
1955–56Chicago Black HawksNHL2035834
1956–57Chicago Black HawksNHL7031417117
1957–58Chicago Black HawksNHL706243091
1958–59Chicago Black HawksNHL707303779602210
1959–60Chicago Black HawksNHL707384510040118
1960–61Chicago Black HawksNHL706293516512312158
1961–62Chicago Black HawksNHL597354297120778
1962–63Chicago Black HawksNHL59818265760888
1963–64Chicago Black HawksNHL70746538472686
1964–65Chicago Black HawksNHL681445591621207722
1965–66Chicago Black HawksNHL512343660602210
1966–67Chicago Black HawksNHL70646529062466
1967–68Chicago Black HawksNHL7413637691113412
1968–69Toronto Maple LeafsNHL69318214640114
NHL totals 890 80 418 498 1251 86 8 53 61 102

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