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Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Story Hardcover – 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: ECW Press; 1st Printing edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770411364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770411364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1516d50) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0xa21b9b40) out of 5 stars A Well-Written Biography of a Legendary Member of the Chicago Black Hawks Jan. 16 2015
By Bill Emblom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me state that the authors did a fine job in this biography of Chicago Black Hawk defense man Pierre Pilote. I recognized his name from among those who played during his time period of the 1960s and I liked his alliterative name. Had I been more familiar with Black Hawk hockey I would have rated it higher. I also thought there was a little too much play-by-play in the book just as there is in some baseball books I have read.

Pilote spent 13 years with Chicago before being dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he spent the final year of his career. Pilote found the change of teams to be a rather uneasy relationship due to fights he had had with players he now had to accept as his teammates. Defense was Pilote's forte and was often compared with the legendary defense man Doug Harvey of the Montreal Canadians. Pilote was a good family man and found the transition into life away from hockey to be smooth.

If you are a Chicago Black Hawk hockey fan I'm sure you will rate this a five star book. The fact that I'm rating it four stars is due to the reasons I've listed above.
By Pugwash - Published on Amazon.com
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David Dupuis followed up his excellent biography of the legendary goalie Terry Sawchuk by co-authoring a bio of another legendary figure of late Original 6 hockey in Pierre Pilotte. Although overshadowed by other titanic greats on the amazing Black Hawk team of this era, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Glenn Hall, Pilotte was a quiet yet strong presence who served as Captain during many f his thirteen seasons with the Black Hawks.

He teamed with Moose Vasko to anchor one of the strongest defensive tandems in the NHL, and was a solid presence both on the ice and in the locker room. It seems inconceivable to look at Pilotte through the prism of time and see a strong two way player who set the NHL points total for a defenseman in a season with 59. Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey changed the perception of an NHL defenseman, but Pilotte was the gatekeeper.

His solid play and solid personality anchored this Black Hawk team bolstered a struggling franchise.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It takes the reader from his Aboriginal background in rural Canada, through his minor league career, and season by season through his career. An amazingly grounded and gracious athlete, Pilotte thrived in a rough and tumble NHL. This book explores just how heartless the old NHL could be, as well as how much fun, and the brotherhood that existed between teammates. It takes the reader at times into the locker room and beyond.

For Pilotte, it details his journey as he recalls it without bitterness, and with his amazing life attitude as his guide.

I am biased, witnessing this great team in my youth, and reading of my favorite athletes and their nemesis' throughout, but I am happy to have come upon this book, and happier to have read it cover to cover.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21b9d50) out of 5 stars Cabo wabo Feb. 18 2014
By Cabo rabo - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic read. Very accurate! 73 I am! Following the hawks since 1954! A few years before on the radio when the cheap hawks at the time put the last two periods on the the radio ! Arthur worth a was the problem at the time and for a very long time. But behind the scenes was very generous to his players but not to his fans for whatever! Basically cheap! Thank God for Rocky worst! Wow what a class organization! Thanks rocket and the staff you put together! Great book ! Thanks Pierre for bringing a great Blackhawk and leader! Enjoyed being a part of watching you in person! Unless I am mistaken in that Canadian came down 5-2 with 5 mins to go I believe moose tied it up unless there was a tip in! We got a caller tickets at ticket price! For $5 each right behind the Montreal bench. As the celebration was going on with the final tie. As chairs were being thrown on the ice I grabbed plantes stick and my buddy grabbed belaviues stick as we were behind the Montreal beanch in the 1st row as the celebration went on ( we were young) !! Buy the book if you are a hawks fan or a hockey fan! Enjoy!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24fc060) out of 5 stars A Great Gift Jan. 10 2014
By Kathleen Liljeberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My husband is quite pleased with this book and it takes a lot to keep his interest. A wonderful gift for hockey fans.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24fc0c0) out of 5 stars Great leader, Smart player July 10 2014
By BeeEmm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book by class player during the great “Original Six” Era.

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