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Remembering Stan Mikita

August 10, 2018

Stan Mikita, one of hockey’s greatest players passed on this week at the age of 78.

He spent his entire NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, contributing mightily to their 1961 title team.

“Stash” who was born in what is now The Slovak Republic, is still the only player to win the scoring title, league MVP and the Lady Byng Award for sportsmanship in the same season for two straight years, doing so in 1967 and 1968.

The Blackhawks once were my favorite team, providing me with nice moments and pride, one being that a cool hockey game, was named for my favorite player and long time Mikita teammate, the great Bobby Hull.

However ’61 was before me and while the allegiance also included Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the Bruins (I was a hockey “front runner”/2 team fan), only my reverence for Jean Beliveau, who as was the case with Mr. Bill Russell and Mr. Joe DiMaggio (remember Woody Allen’s “Mr. Milton Berle,” in I believe ” Broadway Danny Rose”) had to go out with a crown, enabled me to decrease my heartbreak, regarding the Canadiens denying the ’71 Blackhawks the title.

Somewhere Stan, who forgot his glory, victimized by Alzheimer’s Disease, is being greeted by Jean Beliveau and Stan’s memory is returning.

Mr. Beliveau and so many players and fans know of Stan Mikita, as an all time hockey great and by all accounts a truly good man.

Click below to view Stan’s three grandsons skate around the Chicago ice in tribute, something I originally posted on April 9 of this year.

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Charlie, Billy and Tommy take the ice in honor of their grandfather Stan Mikita.

 

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