This is a very sad day in the world of hockey and the city of Chicago as it was announced that Stan Mikita passed away at the age of 78 following a long battle with Dementia.
Born in the former Czechoslovakia and raised in Canada, Mikita first debuted in the National Hockey League in the 1958-59 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team in which he would play for during his entire professional career.
Mikita would help Chicago win the 1961 Stanley Cup but while this was the only Cup he would win, his career would actually be more productive after that title. After greatly reducing his penalty minutes, Mikita would become a more balanced player and the Centre would win the Art Ross Trophy four times over a five year period (1963-64 to 1967-68) while also leading the NHL in Assists three times. Mikita would go back-to-back winning both the MVP and Lady Byng (1966-67 & 1967-68) becoming the first player to ever to do so. Over his career he would be a nine time All Star, a six time First Team All Star, a two time Second Team All Star and he would enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. He would score 1,467 Points over his career, which again was all with the Chicago Blackhawks.
There were few players who competed at the level of Stan Mikita.
On this dark day, we feel the need to take a road trip to Aurora, Illinois and visit Stan Mikita’s Doughnuts.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Stan Mikita.