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Pitre, Didier

Pitre, Didier

Didier "Cannonball" Pitre was generally credited with having the hardest shot of his day and there were more than a few times when his goals were contested because they had gone right through the net. He was a big man, as far as hockey players go, but was never a rough player in an era marked by rugged play. He was also noted as one of the fastest skaters of his time and it has been said that he could skate backward as fast as he could skate forward.

Pitre first made his mark on the hockey world as a member of the American Soo Indians of the International Hockey League in 1905-06 by scoring a league-leading 41 goals in just 22 games. His fine play was recognized by his being named to the IHL First All-Star teams in both 1906 and 1907. In the early years of the last century players would move to new teams on an almost yearly basis, so it was not unusual that he wound up signing on with the newly-formed Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey Association in 1909. What was unusual is that he played for the Habs for the next 15 seasons, save for 1913-14 when he went west to play for the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.

Pitre was a member of the 1915-16 Stanley Cup champion Canadiens and led the NHA in scoring that year with 39 points in 24 games. He was also a member of the Montreal squad that participated in the finals of 1919 that were cancelled because of the influenza epidemic. He played over 300 professional games in his career before retiring in 1923.

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

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