Peter Driver, a former defender star of the Blackhawks of Chicago, died

Sport 11 September, 2017

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The Chicago black hawks, with whom Driver has played for 13 seasons, confirmed the news on Sunday on their website.

Chicago — Pierre Pilot, a defender who has won three times on the trophy James Norris over a career of 14 seasons in the national hockey League, has died. He was 85 years old.


The Chicago black hawks, with whom Driver has played for 13 seasons, confirmed the news on Sunday on their website.


“The Blackhawks of Chicago offer their sincere condolences to the family of Pierre Pilot, while we mourn his death. Peter was one of the defenders of the most awarded in the history of the NHL and he has played an instrumental role in the conquest of the Stanley cup in 1961. He will always be remembered because of its robustness, its leadership and its reliability, as demonstrated by his years as captain, and his streak of 376 games. We will always be very grateful for his incredible contribution to the Blackhawks and hockey. “


Born December 11, 1931 in Kenogami, Quebec, Pilote joined the Blackhawks towards the end of the season 1955, after a little more than four seasons with the Bison of Buffalo in the american League.


It is gradually being imposed at the point of amassing 15 points in 12 games during the playoffs, in the spring of 1961. This harvest had earned him complete the first row of the markers of the series, tied with the illustrious Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, and a point ahead of Bobby Hull, his teammate with the Blackhawks.


Named captain of the Blackhawks in October 1961, a Pilot has been a kind of transition point between Doug Harvey, with the Montreal canadiens, and Bobby Orr with the Boston Bruins, putting the hands on the Norris trophy in three consecutive seasons, between 1962 and 1965. From 1963 to 1967, a Pilot has been named within the first all-star team of the NHL, and he has participated in the all-star game in eight opportunities.


Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in back of the attacker’s Jim Pappin in may 1968, the Pilot has registered three goals and 21 points in 69 games with the Maple Leafs, with whom he will have played only one season before announcing his retirement.


In 821 games with the Blackhawks, Driver has amassed 77 goals and 477 points and 1205 penalty minutes. In 82 meetings of the playoffs, he added eight goals and 52 assists.


Inducted into the hockey hall of fame in 1975, a Pilot has been immortalized by the organization of the Blackhawks, who have retired his old number 3, November 12, 2008 at the same time as Keith Magnuson, another defender.