Hockey Legend Stan Mikita Dies at Age 78

August 8, 2018 Updated: August 8, 2018    

Stan Mikita, of the Chicago Blackhawks, poses for a photo on Oct. 17, 1961. (AP Photo/File)
Stan Mikita, of the Chicago Blackhawks, on Oct. 17, 1961. (AP Photo/File)

Stan Mikita, who played for 22 seasons for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks and led the team to the Stanley Cup in 1961, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Mikita won the Hart Trophy twice as the NHL’s most valuable player, and won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top point-scorer four times.

Stan Mikita greets the crowd during a Heritage Night to honor the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team before a game against the New York Islanders at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 9, 2011. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Despite retiring in 1980, Mikita still owns the Blackhawk’s record for points (1,467), assists (926), and games played (1,394). His career 541 goals rank him second behind another Blackhawks legend, Bobby Hull, who scored 604.    

As good he was during the season, Mikita was even more of a force in the postseason. He holds franchise records for playoff assists (91), points (150) and games (155.)

Stan Mikita attends the ceremony honoring Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell prior to the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 22, 2009. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup the Blackhawks won with Mikita in 1961 was the first since 1938 and the last for the franchise until 2010, Fox News reported.

A fan takes a photo of a statue of Blackhawk hockey legend Stan Mikita prior to Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
A fan takes a photo of a statue of Blackhawk hockey legend Stan Mikita prior to Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Mikita was also named to nine All-Star teams throughout his career. He was inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame in 1983.

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