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10 Great Moments in the Career of Stan Mikita

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10 of the greatest moments in the career of NHL Hall of Famer Stan Mikita

By Jared Clinton - Hockey News

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From his early days as a Stanley Cup champion to his late-career rewriting of the Chicago Blackhawks record book, here are 10 of the greatest moments in the career of NHL Hall of Famer Stan Mikita.

As one of the true greats in NHL history, a bona fide star who spent his entire career with the Chicago Blackhawks, the tributes have poured out from across the hockey world in the wake Stan Mikita’s passing.

Everyone from former teammates and rivals to current Blackhawks and pundits have shared their memories of Mikita, speaking about his innovative spirit — the creation of the curved blade changed the game and the rulebook — his dedication to the game and on- and off-ice passion. When the 2018-19 NHL regular season begins, the Blackhawks will assuredly pay tribute to Mikita, who is sewn into the fabric of the organization’s history. And as we continue to reflect on Mikita’s contributions to the game, here are 10 of the most notable moments from his illustrious career:

FIRST GLIMPSE OF GREATNESS — Oct. 7, 1959
When an 18-year-old Mikita was trotted out for some mid-season action during the 1958-59 campaign, there were already signs of the player he would become. During his brief three-game stint, Mikita registered an assist against the New York Rangers. The following season, however, Mikita burst out of the gates and gave fans in Chicago something to be excited about when he scored a goal and assist in his debut against the Rangers in the 1959-60 campaign. He followed that with another two-point night against the Toronto Maple Leafs the next game out, and finished his rookie campaign fourth in Calder Trophy voting after scoring eight goals and 26 points in 67 games.

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Stan Mikita, who led Blackhawks to 1961 title, dies at 78

By Jay Cohen - The [Waterloo, Iowa] Courier

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CHICAGO (AP) — When Stan Mikita got back together with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear how much the reconciliation meant to the Hall of Fame forward.

He became a team ambassador, and then got a bronze statue outside the United Center. He was a regular at home games, drawing loud cheers when he was shown on the videoboard, often with former teammate Bobby Hull right beside him.

"I was proud to wear the Indianhead uniform for 22 years," Mikita said when he was honored before a 2008 home game.

Made it look good, too.

The Blackhawks lost one of the most revered figures in franchise history when Mikita died Tuesday. The former captain, who helped Chicago to the 1961 Stanley Cup title, was 78.

Mikita's family announced his death in a statement released by the team. No further details were provided, but he had been in poor health after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia — a progressive disease that causes problems with thinking, movement, behavior and mood.

"He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved," the family said in the statement. "Details of planned services will be released when they become available. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time."

Mikita spent his entire career with Chicago, beginning with his NHL debut in 1959 and running through his retirement after playing 17 games in the 1979-80 season. He is the Blackhawks' career leader for assists (926), points (1,467) and games played (1,394), and is second to Hull with 541 goals.

Mikita remains the only NHL player in history to win the Art Ross (scoring champion), Hart (MVP) and Lady Byng (sportsmanship) trophies in the same season, and he accomplished the feat in consecutive years in 1967 and 1968. He became the first player to have his jersey retired by the Blackhawks in 1980, and was inducted into the hockey Hall of Fame three years later.

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