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Stan Mikita Has Passed Away

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement on behalf of the Mikita family

"With great sorrow, the Mikita family announces that Stan passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at the age of 78. He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved. Details of planned services will be released when they become available. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time." 

Statement on behalf of Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz

"There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan's passing. He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey, and to all of Chicago. He left an imprint that will forever be etched in the hearts of fans - past, present and future. Stan made everyone he touched a better person. My wife Marilyn and I, joined by the entire Wirtz family, extend our prayers and thoughts to Jill and the Mikita family. 'Stosh' will be deeply missed, but never, ever forgotten."

Statement on behalf of Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough

"Stan Mikita will be always remembered as a champion, an innovator and a master of the game. He embodied the Chicago Blackhawks. His excellence is illustrated by the team records he still holds today. His passion for the game was proved by the longevity of his playing career. The impact he had on the franchise is proved by fact that Blackhawks fans still wear his jersey to the United Center. On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and our fans, we express our deepest condolences to the Mikita family and all who mourn Stan's passing."

Mikita played his entire 22-year career with the Blackhawks and led the team to the 1961 Stanley Cup. A four-time Art Ross Trophy winner (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968) as the National Hockey League's leading scorer, Mikita is the Blackhawks all-time franchise leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394). He is second in franchise history in goals with 541. Mikita also was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the NHL and Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanlike conduct in 1967 and 1968.

His Blackhawks career began in the 1958-59 season and he played through the 1979-80 season. He had his No. 21 sweater retired on October 19, 1980 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Mikita was named Blackhawks ambassador on March 7, 2008. 


 

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from the HHOF,

One of the most clever and successful forwards in league history, Stan “Stosh” Mikita won awards in numbers not seen again until Wayne Gretzky arrived in the NHL. A slick playmaker with a gifted scoring touch, Mikita had a career that spanned four decades, from the late 1950s until 1980. His longevity and consistency were nearly as impressive as his raw talent and left him near the top of a number of NHL categories when he retired after 22 seasons.
Born Stanislaus Guoth in Sokolce, Slovakia, Mikita emigrated to Canada in 1948 as an eight-year-old with his aunt and uncle and took their family name of Mikita. They settled in St. Catharines, south of Toronto on Lake Ontario. He learned to play hockey in the Niagara Peninsula and quickly became known locally as a noteworthy talent.

The Chicago Black Hawks moved quickly to sign the promising youngster and put him on their top junior affiliate, the St. Catharines Teepees, in 1956-57. He responded with 47 points as an OHA rookie. During his last season as an amateur, he led the OHA with 59 assists and 97 points.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/07/18 at 04:10 PM ET

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from NHL.com,

Stan Mikita, the leading scorer in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks, a two-time Hart Trophy winner and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, died Tuesday. He was 78.

Mikita played his entire 22-year NHL career with the Blackhawks and is their all-time leader in games played (1,394) and assists (926) as well as points (1,467). He became the first member of the Blackhawks to have his number retired when his No. 21 was raised to the rafters at Chicago Stadium in 1980. Mikita won the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng trophies in 1966-67 and again in 1967-68.

At 5-foot-9 and 169 pounds, Mikita was a dynamic offensive player who didn’t have the flash of longtime teammate Bobby Hull. He overcame his lack of size with his tenacity and attention to detail as for his offensive skills.

“Sure, I can’t tie Mikita’s laces,” teammate Lou Angotti said. “But neither can a hundred other guys in this league.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/07/18 at 04:15 PM ET

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Stan was a dirty player early in his career, but Gordie Howe made him humble by working him over a few times. RIP.  confused

Posted by bigfrog on 08/07/18 at 04:22 PM ET

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NEW YORK (August 7, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Stan Mikita:

Stan Mikita lived a remarkable life and was a wonderful man, respected and revered by so many. One of the greatest players in NHL history and a Chicago icon, he was a pioneer of the game in so many ways.

He designed the distinctive helmet he donned later in his career, when that still was a rarity. He curved his stick blade to an extent previously unthinkable, causing his shot to do tricks. He utterly transformed his playing style in his prime, going from one of the League’s most penalized players to one of its most gentlemanly.

A gifted playmaker, his 926 career assists and 1,467 points are the most in Chicago Blackhawks history. A Stanley Cup champion, he is the only player in NHL history to win the Hart, Ross and Lady Byng trophies in the same year – he did that twice.

Once he arrived in Chicago he never left, becoming a pillar of the city. He played in more games for the Blackhawks than anyone and came to be as much a symbol of the franchise as The Roar of Chicago Stadium and the United Center and the classic sweater.

We are grateful for all Stan gave to us – his fans, his game, his admirers, his league and his city – and we mourn his passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Stan’s wife, Jill, and their four children, Meg, Jane, Scott and Chris.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/07/18 at 05:10 PM ET

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