CHICAGO — Former Blackhawks and Maple Leafs defenceman Pierre Pilote, who won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 1961, has died. He was 85.
Pilote, from Kenogami, Que., played a total of 14 seasons in the NHL from 1955-1969, 13 of those with the Blackhawks and one — his final season — with Toronto.
"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 of the Blackhawks following their Stanley Cup winning season in 1961 to 1968. He played in 821 games and scored 477 points (77 goals, 400 assists) for Chicago.