Hall of Fame defenceman Pierre Pilote, a three-time Norris Trophy leader who helped a Chicago Blackhawks win a Stanley Cup in 1961, has died. He was 85.
The Blackhawks pronounced in a matter Sunday that Pilote had died Saturday night.
Pilote, from Kenogami, Que., played a sum of 14 seasons in a NHL from 1955-1969, 13 of those with a Blackhawks and one — his final deteriorate — with a Toronto Maple Leafs.
“The Chicago Blackhawks offer a frank condolences to a family of Pierre Pilote as we weep his passing,” a matter said. “Pierre was one of a many flashy defenceman in NHL story and was a profitable member of a 1961 Stanley Cup championship team. He will be remembered for his toughness, care and trustworthiness on a ice — as proven by his captaincy and strain of 376 uninterrupted games played.
“We will perpetually be beholden for his implausible grant to a Blackhawks and a diversion of hockey.”
Pilote served as group captain from 1961-1968. The defenceman played in 821 games and scored 477 points (77 goals, 400 assists) as a member of a Blackhawks.
Pilote combined 3 goals and 18 assists to his career numbers during his one deteriorate in Toronto. He was traded to a Leafs from Chicago in 1968 for Jim Pappin.
Pilote is one of only 8 defencemen in NHL story to constraint a Norris Trophy 3 times (1963, 1964, 1965).
His No. 3 sweater was late by Chicago along with Keith Magnuson’s in Nov of 2008, and he was inducted into a Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
“We are saddened with a flitting of a father, though a family will always remember a Blackhawks classification for providing us with so many special moments,” a Pilote family pronounced by a Blackhawks release. “We are so unapproachable of what a father achieved in his veteran career and grateful that his bequest will be recorded with a retirement of his No. 3 by a team.”
Commissioner Gary Bettman called Pilote a “consistent, durable, constant defender who enjoyed a descent aspects of a position.”
“Pierre also was a male of humour and good grace and a unapproachable member of a Hockey Hall of Fame,” Bettman pronounced in a statement. “The National Hockey League mourns Pierre’s flitting and sends intense condolences to his family, teammates and many friends.”