Blackhawks Great Pierre Pilote Passes Away

On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks confirmed that Hockey Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote has passed away. He was 85.

Pilote spent the best seasons of his career as half of a tremendous tandem on the Chicago blue line with Moose Vasko. He was a brilliant skater who had a terrific shot.

He served as the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1961-68. The only player to wear the “C” in Chicago longer than Pilote is Jonathan Toews, who has been the team captain since 2008.

Pilote appeared in 821 games for the Hawks. He scored 77 goals with 400 assists while wearing the Indian head, and won the Norris Trophy three years in a row (1962-65) and was a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. Pilote was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975, and the Blackhawks retired the number 3 co-honoring Pilote and Keith Magnuson in 2008.

In the official statement from the NHL, Commissioner Bettman said the following:

“A consistent, durable, dependable defender who enjoyed the offensive aspects of the position, Pierre Pilote was a team captain, an eight-time post-season All-Star and a three-time Norris Trophy winner,” Commissioner Bettman said. “Mainstay of the Blackhawks’ 1961 Stanley Cup champion, Pierre also was a man of humor and great dignity and a proud member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The National Hockey League mourns Pierre’s passing and sends heartfelt condolences to his family, teammates and many friends.”

8 thoughts on “Blackhawks Great Pierre Pilote Passes Away

  1. talk about a committed indian!

    a great man on and off the ice: in his off time, among other things, pierre pilote helped us with paul hruby’s efforts to launch hockey in the near western chicago suburbs.

    he treated everyone with grace and dignity and a warm smile and a steady friendly gaze. he would ask a 10 year old questions and listen carefully as tho your thoughts mattered and you were every bit his equal.

    RIP pierre, what a full life you have lived!

  2. Thanks Tab one the greats, wished I had got watch his full career just saw the later years after the norris trophies.

  3. I’m showing my age with this post but Pierre was a great defender. He had the offensive skills that were ahead of his times but was also tough as nails. I didn’t realize what a great since of humor he had till I saw him at a Hawks convention panel. Will miss you chief thanks for the memories!

  4. Doug Harvey, Bobby Orr, Nick Lidstrom, and Pierre Pilote are the only 4 defensemen in NHL history to win 3 consecutive or more Norris Trophies. That is front row in the class of hall of fame defensemen. I don’t think most people realize that this guy was one of the elite of the elite great defensemen, because most never saw him play. The fact that it seems he was a genuine great guy just adds to it, he will be missed. Still the greatest defenseman in Hawks history.

  5. Sad to hear. Just one of the great things this organization did when Rocky took over was reach out and bring Pierre back.
    RIP

  6. I have always believed he should have made the top 100. Clearly the fact that those exciting Blackhawk teams of the 1960’s won just the single Cup hurts any assessment of individual performance when people look back some 50 years.

    That trade where we gave up his last season for Jim Pappin was a very good deal for the Blackhawks.

    No doubt though Pierre Pilote was one of the greatest Blackhawks of all time. RIP.

  7. My earliest memory of being aware of the Blackawks and the game of hockey was my Father raving about what a great player Pierre Pilote was. Thanks Pierre.

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