A forward who became a defenseman for the final two seasons of his NHL career, Didier Pitre earned the name "Cannonball" for having one of the hardest shots in the game. He played for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey Association (1910-13 and 1914-17), Vancouver of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in 1913-14 and the Canadiens in the NHL (1917-23). He had 99 points (64 goals, 35 assists) in 127 NHL games.
Pitre was also known for his great skating, and allegedly could skate as fast backward as he could forward. Pitre, Jack Laviolette and Edouard "Newsy" Lalonde became known as "The Flying Frenchmen" for the Canadiens in the 1910s. There are three plaques in Ontario commemorating them: Belleville (Laviolette's birthplace), Cornwall (Lalonde's birthplace) and Renfrew (Pitre played for Renfrew of the NHA in 1909).