Although he began playing hockey rather late -- at age 17 -- the Quebec native quickly left his mark in the Blackhawks organization. A true tough guy on the backline, Pilote sacrificed his body to block shots and deliver bone-jarring checks. He once knocked out both Henri and Maurice Richard of the Canadiens during the same play. Paired with Elmer "Moose" Vasko, the two were pillars of Chicago's 1961 Stanley Cup championship team, which Pilote captained. He was awarded the Norris Trophy three years in a row (1963-65) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.