Chicago Blackhawks D Pierre Pilote (Photo courtesy of blackhawks.nhl.com)
Chicago Blackhawks Career – (1955-1968)
Games Played – 821
Goals – 77
Assists – 400
PIM – 1205
1961 Stanley Cup Champion
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 1975
It is that time of the week again where we spotlight a throwback player from the Chicago Blackhawks past. This week’s selection for Throwback Thursday is Blackhawks legend Pierre Pilote. I hope this may bring back some of those special memories of his playing time with the Chicago Blackhawks and if not maybe it will shed some light on a player you may not have known much about.
By just the looks Pierre Pilote would be considered by many an undersized defenseman standing at 5’-10” 178 lbs. However what he presented on the ice was the total opposite. Pierre Pilote was known then and still to this day as one of the most feared defensemen during the Original Six era. That possibly could have stemmed from the time he knocked out two brothers Henri & Maurice Richard’s in one fight. Pierre Pilote was quoted on the subject in Blackhawks Magazine: Pilote’s Legacy and was quite the comedian saying, “Well, that story gets bigger as the days go by,” explains Pilote, who can’t help but chuckle while recalling it even nearly half a century later. “It was in my second or third year. I first went after the younger brother, Henri “The Pocket Rocket,” and I guess his brother Maurice wanted to defend him. Maybe he tripped… we’ll say he tripped.” (Quote coutesty of blackhawks.nhl.com)
Pierre Pilote originally started off playing hockey with the Buffalo Bisons in parts of 5 seasons. In the 1955-56 season he was called up to the NHL level to try it out and never looked back becoming part of the full-time team by fall of the next season. Pilote was called an iron-man by many and earned the name playing with the Chicago Black Hawks in 376 consecutive regular-season games between 1956 & 1961. His consecutive games streak was cut short during the 1961-62 season after dislocating his shoulder however.