Year Inducted: 1984
A gentleman first and athlete second – that’s the way it’s been for Pierre Guindon – one of Cornwall’s finest football players ever.
The solid six-footer established early on he had the stuff of a professional athlete with all-star achievements on the football field with Cornwall Classical College.
He was a standout at both offensive guard and defensive tackle.
The college, a perennial heavyweight in the Quebec league, captured a Championship and reached the finals during Pierre’s time with the club.
Pierre was also a terrific hockey goalie; he won the Most Valuable Player honours in the Cornwall City Jr. “B” Hockey League in 1964 when the Classical College claimed top honours.
From Cornwall, he moved onto University of Ottawa and the garnet and grey of the GeeGees.
His play didn’t go unnoticed. Pierre was a two-year member of the Ontario Intercollegiate Football Conference All-Star team as an offensive tackle.
Along the way, ‘Powerful’ Pierre’s remarkable place-kicking skills raised eyebrows in the Canadian Football League, particularly in Winnipeg, where the Blue Bombers wanted desperately to find an effective place-kicker.
For two years, after the Blue Bombers selected him first in the 1968 draft, Pierre was just that man. He led the club in scoring during the 1968 and 1969 seasons with 68 and 64 points, respectively.
In 1970, Winnipeg traded Pierre to Montreal Alouettes who released him after just three games.
Pierre returned to Ottawa to pursue a law degree and help Ottawa Sooners to the Ontario Rugby Football Union Championship.
One year later, Pierre graduated with a Degree in Law.
After his playing days, he remained close to football through television and radio work on French networks.
Now a practising lawyer in Cornwall, Pierre is still active in the John Denneny Fastball League.