Pilon played most of his career with the New York Islanders, spending 12 years with them as a defenceman, along with stints with the New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues.
He promises to introduce an ethic of teamwork to the Red Wings, and said he wants the players prepared to come to the rink to work hard every game.
“I was looking for a new opportunity I could be committed to. I wanted to get into a position to put my stamp on a team,” he said. “There’s no science to it, everyone knows what they have to do.”
Pilon said he’ll want players to come prepared to work hard, to pull on their work boots and ready to work as a team.
“This is an opportunity for me as much as for the players. I do a lot of skill development. The biggest thing is I’m looking for players who are going to be committed to the team,” he said, adding he’s all about the logo, not looking at the name on the back of the jersey.
“I want guys who will be respectful. We may not win every game, but we’re going to put our work boots on and work hard for every game,” said Pilon.
“My philosophy with players is simple. I believe you have to be willing to work hard and to work for the team,” he added, noting he will be mentored along the way by coaches he knows from the NHL and WHL, such as Barry Trotz, coach of the New York Islanders.
Pilon was a seventh-round draft pick by the Islanders, and he suited up for them from 1988 to 1996, and played from 1999 to 2001 with the Rangers, and for the 2001-02 season with the Blues.
(Greg Nikkel/Weyburn Review)