Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Story

Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Story

by Pierre Pilote, L. Waxy Gregoire, David M. Dupuis
     
 

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From the beginning, the hockey gods looked favourably on Pierre Pilote, a French Canadian lad who went on to become captain of the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks in the 1960s and one of the greatest defencemen in NHL history. Pilote takes us on a rich and unforgettable journey through the rinks and dressing rooms of the Junior “A” St. Catharines Teepees…  See more details below

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From the beginning, the hockey gods looked favourably on Pierre Pilote, a French Canadian lad who went on to become captain of the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks in the 1960s and one of the greatest defencemen in NHL history. Pilote takes us on a rich and unforgettable journey through the rinks and dressing rooms of the Junior “A” St. Catharines Teepees and AHL Buffalo Bisons to his first big and embarrassing shift as a rookie with the Blackhawks. Sit on the bench when Pilote plays with the likes of Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Glenn Hall, Moose Vasko, and while he is coached by Tommy Ivan, Rudy Pilous, and Billy Reay; get up close for his on-ice battles with Rocket Richard, Gordie Howe, and Henri Richard; and hear the incredible story of how “the swingingest team” from the Windy City captured the imaginations of fans and the hockey world in their 1961 pursuit of the elusive Stanley Cup.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Sportswriters Gregoire and Dupuis capture the spirit and prowess of the legendary Pilote, one of the greatest defensemen in National Hockey League history and captain of the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup championship in 1961. Written with similar style and spirit to Dupuis's Sawchuck: The Troubles and Triumphs of the World's Greatest Goalie, the book is a sympathetic and detailed account of Pilote's journey to Hockey immortality. A childhood fan of the Montreal Canadiens in 1940s Quebec, Pilote played his way to the NHL where he immediately displayed a "sixth hockey sense of sorts, an uncanny ability that only the very best players have, to see and feel both teammates and opposition players on the ice, to know the plays, almost before they happen." Hockey fans—especially old time Hawks devotees—will delight in the portraits offered here of Pilote's equally famous teammates, such as Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Glenn Hall ("‘the best goaltender that I ever saw'") and especially Elmer "Moose" Vasko—at 6'3", one of the largest players of the time—about whom the always gracious Pilote states: "Because he was the ultimate, steady defenseman, Moose allowed me to be who I was." (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770411364
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
606,103
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

L. Waxy Gregoire is a member of the International Hockey Researchers Association and is secretary of the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame where he is heavily involved in researching and writing about local hockey. He lives in Penetanguishene, Ontario. David M. Dupuis is a former goaltender, coach, instructor, and member of the International Hockey Researchers Association. He is the author of Sawchuk. He lives in Tiny, Ontario. Pierre Pilote is a Hall of Fame NHL legend who, as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, won three James Norris Trophies as the NHL’s best defenseman. He lives in Wyevale, Ontario.

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