For­mer Black­hawks and Maple Leafs de­fence­man Pierre Pilote dies at 85

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ormer Black­hawks de­fence­man Pierre Pilote, who won a Stan­ley Cup with Chicago in 1961, has died. He was 85.

The Black­hawks said in a state­ment Sun­day that Pilote had died Satur­day night.

Pilote, from Kenogami, Que., played a to­tal of 14 sea­sons in the NHL from 19551969, 13 of those with the Black­hawks and one — his fi­nal sea­son — with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“The Chicago Black­hawks of­fer our sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Pierre Pilote as we mourn his pass­ing,” the state­ment said. “Pierre was one of the most dec­o­rated de­fence­man in NHL his­tory and was a valu­able mem­ber of the 1961 Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­onship team. He will be re­mem­bered for his tough­ness, lead­er­ship and re­li­a­bil­ity on the ice — as proven by his cap­taincy and streak of 376 con­sec­u­tive games played.

“We will for­ever be grate­ful for his in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion to the Black­hawks and the game of hockey.”

Pilote served as team cap­tain from 1961-1968. The de­fence­man played in 821 games and scored 477 points (77 goals, 400 as­sists) as a mem­ber of the Black­hawks.

He had three goals and 18 as­sists dur­ing his one sea­son in Toronto.

Pilote is one of just eight de­fence­men in NHL his­tory to cap­ture the Nor­ris Tro­phy three times (1963, 1964, 1965).

His No. 3 sweater was re­tired by Chicago along with Keith Mag­nu­son’s in Novem­ber of 2008, and he was in­ducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.

“We are sad­dened with the pass­ing of our fa­ther, but our fam­ily will al­ways re­mem­ber the Black­hawks or­ga­ni­za­tion for pro­vid­ing us with so many spe­cial

mo­ments,” the Pilote fam­ily said through the Black­hawks re­lease. “We are so proud of what our fa­ther ac­com­plished in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer and thank­ful that his legacy will be pre­served with the re­tire­ment of his No. 3 by the team.”

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