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Didier Pitre
Pitre1
Position Forward
Rover
Defence
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Cannonball
Pit
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams Montreal Le National
American Soo Indians
Montreal Shamrocks
Edm Eskimos
Renfrew Millionaires
Vancouver Millionaires
Montreal Canadiens
Nationality Canada
Born September 1,1883,
Valleyfield, QC, CAN
Died July 29,1934 )age 50),
Unknown
Pro Career 1908 – 1928
Hall of Fame, 1962

Didier Pitre (1 September 1883— 29 July, 1934) was a Canadian professional forward. He was nicked named "Cannonball".

Playing careerEdit

IHLEdit

Didier Pitre's first major hockey league was in an early IHL playing with the American Soo Indians, who played in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He joined the Soo team in 1904. By 1905/06, he was the top scorer in the league with 41 goals in 22 games played. Pitre was on the IHL first all-star team that year in 1906 and again in 1907.

ShamrocksEdit

The next season, he left as a free agent and played with the Montreal Shamrocks in the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association. He lasted there only one year before leaving to play with the Edmonton Eskimos. He stayed there only three years before jumping contract and coming back to eastern Canada where he played with the Renfrew Creamery Kings for the remainder of the year.

CanadiensEdit

He joined the Montreal Canadiens the next year in 1909. He stayed for four years, before leaving for the west again. He spent a year playing with the Vancouver Millionaires. Pitre returned to Montreal the next year. In 1916, Pitre led the National Hockey Association in regular season assists and points. He scored 24 goals, 15 assists (assists in those days were one per goal and only if the official scorer thought it contributed to the goal being scored) for 39 points. He also helped lead the Canadiens to their first ever Stanley Cup. He led the playoffs in goals as well. He remained with Montreal through the formation of the NHL and into 1923. In the 1919 Stanley Cup playoffs, which were never completed due to the influenza epidemic, he led the playoffs in points. By 1921, the Canadiens had so much depth at forward, and an opening on defence due to the death of future Hall of Famer Joe Hall in the influenza epidemic, so they decided to try Pitre as a defenceman; not as difficult a transition as one might think, because he had previously been a "Rover" during the days of "seven man" hockey. At age 38, Pitre first regularly played as a defenceman. He played defence for his final two seasons before retiring.

Last seasonsEdit

Pitre was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

Didier Pitre was also a member of the great line called "The Flying Frenchmen" alongside of Jack Laviolette and Edouard "Newsy" Lalonde.


Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1903–04 Montreal Le National FAHL 2 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1904–05 American Soo IHL 13 11 0 11 6 -- -- -- -- --
1905–06 American Soo IHL 22 41 0 41 29 -- -- -- -- --
1906–07 American Soo IHL 23 25 11 36 28 -- -- -- -- --
1907–08 Edm Eskimos/Mtl. Shamrocks ECAHA 10 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
1908–09 Edmonton Eskimos/Renfrew Millionaires ECAHA NA NA NA NA NA -- -- -- -- --
1910 Montreal Canadiens NHA 12 10 0 10 5 -- -- -- -- --
1910–11 Montreal Canadiens NHA 16 19 5 24 22 -- -- -- -- --
1911–12 Montreal Canadiens NHA 18 28 3 31 40 -- -- -- -- --
1912–13 Montreal Canadiens NHA 17 23 3 26 80 -- -- -- -- --
1913–14 Vancouver Millionaires PCHA 15 14 2 16 12 -- -- -- -- --
1914–15 Montreal Canadiens NHA 20 30 4 34 15 -- -- -- -- --
1915–16 Montreal Canadiens NHA 24 24 15 39 42 5 4 0 4 18
1916–17 Montreal Canadiens NHA 20 22 2 24 47 6 7 0 7 0
1917–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 17 2 19 17 2 0 0 0 10
1918–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 14 4 18 9 10 2 2 4 3
1919–20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 15 7 22 6 -- -- -- -- --
1920–21 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 15 1 16 23 -- -- -- -- --
1921–22 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 2 3 5 12 -- -- -- -- --
1922–23 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
NHA totals 127 156 32 188 251 11 11 0 11 18
NHL totals 128 64 19 83 67 14 2 2 4 13
Pro Hockey totals 339 315 64 379 393 27 13 2 15 31


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