The Ontario Hockey League is saddened by the loss of Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Pierre Pilote who passed away Saturday night at the age of 85.
His distinguished NHL career included 14 seasons accumulating 498 points over 890 games. His first 13 were played with the Chicago Blackhawks where he hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1961 and captured three straight Norris Trophies from 1963-65. He served as team captain for seven seasons following the Cup win in 1961, then was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played one final season in 1968-69. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
Born in Kenogami, Que., Pilote moved to Fort Erie, Ont., during his youth and played two seasons with the OHA’s St. Catharines Teepees from 1950-52 producing 79 points in 106 games.
Sincere condolences are extended to the Pilote family.
“Pierre was Bobby Orr before Bobby Orr”
Remembering the Hall of Fame defenseman and the heart of the Blackhawks. https://t.co/VebE0LIALk
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) September 10, 2017
The Hockey Hall of Fame offers it’s sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Pierre Pilote. A great man and a great teammate. pic.twitter.com/yfwcDQCgiB
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) September 10, 2017