Stan Mikita, the Blackhawks’ legend, has died. He was 78.
Stan played 22 seasons in the NHL, all wearing a Blackhawks sweater, he was a 2 time MVP and led the league in scoring 4 times. He helped Chicago capture a Stanley Cup in 1961. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. The legend was not only one of the greatest players of the game, he also helped shape the game, namely the stick.
According to legend, during a practice, Mikita’s blade got caught by the bench and it broke the stick into a curve. Out of frustration, Mikita found the nearest puck and fired a slapshot into the glass, which made a noise he’d never heard before. It was about a month later that Mikita used it in a game for the first time.
Mikita is the Chicago Blackhawks career leading scorer with 1,467 points. He remains the only player in NHL history to capture the Hart, Art Ross and the Lady Byng in the same season, having done so twice.
BluesRants sends condolences to Mr. Mikitas’ family and to Blackhawk fans everywhere.