Hockey Legend Stan Mikita Dies at Age 78
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.
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.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of legendary Blackhawk Stan Mikita. Our thoughts are with his friends and family, and the @NHLBlackhawks during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/Nt48WgiUMq
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) August 7, 2018
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.)
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.
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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