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Blackhawks Top 100- #11 Pierre Pilote

By Keith Schultz

We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.

Pierre Pilote-1955-1968





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Stanley Cup Champion-1961

Pierre Pilote was not a huge man actually quite small for a defenseman even in the 1950’s and 60’s, but he was one of the most feared defenseman in the NHL.  Pilote has legendary stories told about him and his toughness including knocking out both of the Richard brothers in Montreal but his legend was made from his play year in and year out and not some tale from yesteryear.

Pilote was one of the pioneers of offensive hockey from the blue line and his assists totals prove what a difference Pilote made.  Pilote was part of a young core that changed the Blackhawks from a losing franchise to Stanley Cup Champion in 1961 along side Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and Glenn Hall.

It says something of Pilote’s leadership that when the Blackhawks traded away their Captain after the Stanley Cup that Pilote was the Blackhawk awarded the C on his jersey.  Pilote was the master of the give and go and he is only one of 6 Blackhawks to ever record 400 assists wearing a Blackhawks jersey.

Pilote entered the Hall of Fame in 1975 and had his #3 retired on the same night Keith Manguson was also honored for wearing #3 on November 12, 2008.

What do you think too low or too high for Pilote?

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