Stan Mikita 1940-2018

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.

2 thoughts on “Stan Mikita 1940-2018

  1. Hi James, I’ve always been a Blues’ fan since their inception to the N.H.L in 1967. I’m a Pittsburgh native and die hard Penguins supporter and remember the early days of the Blues and Pens. It was quite a rivalry in the late 1960’s through the early 1980’s. I recall in 1970 when the Pens and Blues met in the Western Conference Finals with St. Louis winning 4 games to 2 to advance to the Cup Finals against Boston. That was Pittsburgh’s third season finishing just two victories from the Cup Finals. Back then, Pens’ fans weren’t very insightful about hockey but they enjoyed toughness and fighting and the Blues always brought that with the three Plager brothers and Noel Picard. Scotty Bowman coached the Blues then in the infancy of what was to be a Hall of Fame coaching career. Please respond and let’s stay in touch.

    1. Thanks for the read man. I am about to marry into a bunch of Penguin fans from Kentucky. Allegiances and fandom is what makes sports great. The passion in watching your team play is one of life’s most traumatic and exhilarating experiences.
      The early parts of both franchises were wrought with dizzying ownership decisions. The Pens and the Blues are two of the most crazed fan bases now and with how each team has buoyed their lineups with youth, well I think both franchises have lots of success in their future. Thanks again for the read Robert!

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