The hockey world lost a legend on Tuesday when former Chicago Blackhawks forward Stan Mikita passed away at the age of 78.
Mikita played in parts of 22 seasons with the Blackhawks (1958-1980), and the Czech native collected 1,467 points (541 goals, 926 assists) while also earning some notable hardware during that span. He was awarded the Art Ross Trophy on four occasions, as the NHL’s top point scorer; twice won the Lady Byng Trophy, as the player who “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability;” and twice won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player (MVP).
Though, Mikita also helped the Hawks win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history in 1961. As most NHL fans may be able to recall, Chicago hadn’t won another Cup until the 2010 campaign.
The hockey great was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
Hooked on Hockey Magazine takes a look back at Twitter’s reaction and tribute to the life of Stan Mikita.
Let’s start off with the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, on the legendary Blackhawks skater.
If you’re wondering when, where and how the curve on a blade for a hockey stick originated, well, here’s your answer.
Here’s Bobby Hull on, Mr. Mikita. The two all-time greats were teammates from 1958 until 1972 when Hull was acquired by the Winnipeg Jets.
Chicago pays its respects.
Hockey Night in Canada posted a nice tribute video for Mikita.
Former NHL goaltender and the well-known, Darren Pang, shared a memory of Mr. Mikita.
Another former and great Chicago Blackhawks forward recognized Mikita and the legend’s impact on him.
Mikita’s penalty minutes dropped significantly after this — the chances are fans will never hear a story like this again.
Eddie Olczyk shared a nice message, too.
TSN’s Chris Cuthbert reminded us all that Mikita’s flow was original and one of a kind.
Check out this vintage piece of hockey history.
Did anyone else know that the great Butch Goring’s first career game was against Mikita?
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