Chicago Blackhawks legend, Pierre Pilote has passed away today at the age of 85.
Pilote spent 13 of his 14 year career with the Blackhawks where he was an 8-Time All-Star. He captured the Norris Trophy, for Best Defenseman in the NHL, three consecutive years (62-63', 63-63', 64-65'), and was a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 1975.
He was the Blackhawks Captain from 1961-1968, and lead by example with his leadership and toughness. He was considered an 'iron man' of the day, where he played in 376 consecutive games. In 821 career games with the Blackhawks, he scored 477 points (77G, 400A), and accumulated 1205 penalty minutes.
The Blackhawks brought back Pilote and made him a Blackhawks Ambassador as one of the greats in club history. He had his #3 retired into the United Center rafters, along with Keith Magnuson in a ceremony in November, 2008.
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