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Blackhawks Legend Stan Mikita, 78, Has Died

August 07, 2018 - 3:08 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita has died at the age of 78, the team announced Tuesday.

"With great sorrow, the Mikita family announces that Stan passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at the age of 78. He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved. Details of planned services will be released when they become available. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time," a statement posted online by the Blackhawks said.

Mikita, who played his entire 22-year career with the Blackhawks, led the team to the 1961 Stanley Cup. He is the Blackhawks all-time franchise leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394). He is second in franchise history in goals with 541.

Mikita's Blackhawks career began in the 1958-59 season, and he played through the 1979-80 season. He had his No. 21 sweater retired on October 19, 1980 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Mikita was named Blackhawks ambassador on March 7, 2008. 

"There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan's passing," Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said. "He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey, and to all of Chicago. He left an imprint that will forever be etched in the hearts of fans - past, present and future. Stan made everyone he touched a better person. My wife Marilyn and I, joined by the entire Wirtz family, extend our prayers and thoughts to Jill and the Mikita family. 'Stosh' will be deeply missed, but never, ever forgotten."