Legendary Chicago Blackhawks forward Stan Mikita has died at the age of 78, his family and the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.
“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,” a statement read. “Details of planned services will be released when they become available. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
“Stan Mikita will be always remembered as a champion, an innovator and a master of the game. He embodied the Chicago Blackhawks.” <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForeverABlackhawk?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ForeverABlackhawk</a> <a href=”https://t.co/K2fLgNHf4z”>pic.twitter.com/K2fLgNHf4z</a>
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), Mikita is the Blackhawks all-time franchise leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394). 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.
One of the greatest Blackhawks of all time, Stan Mikita.<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForeverABlackhawk?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ForeverABlackhawk</a> <a href=”https://t.co/jOdghQic7g”>pic.twitter.com/jOdghQic7g</a>
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.
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