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I'd like to send my deepest condolences to Stan Mikita's family and friends. Stan passed away at the age of 78 today. He's truly one of the best to have ever played the game and will be missed. RIP Stan. #stanmikita #chicagoblackhawks #chicago #blackhawks #nhlhockey #nhl #hockey credit: Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7 at age 78, his family announced. Mikita was the Blackhawks’ all-time leading scorer with 1,467 points. He played his entire 22-year career in Chicago, winning the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer four times and leading the team to the 1961 Stanley Cup. Mikita, whose No. 21 was retired by the franchise, was also the Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL MVP in 1967 and 1968.
“There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan’s passing. 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,” Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. “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.”
Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough added, “Stan Mikita will be always remembered as a champion, an innovator and a master of the game. He embodied the Chicago Blackhawks. His excellence is illustrated by the team records he still holds today. His passion for the game was proved by the longevity of his playing career. The impact he had on the franchise is proved by fact that Blackhawks fans still wear his jersey to the United Center. On behalf of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and our fans, we express our deepest condolences to the Mikita family and all who mourn Stan’s passing.”
All of the available information regarding Mikita’s passing can be seen below.
Stan Mikita Cause Of Death: Not Available
An official cause of death for Mikita has not been confirmed. However, the Blackhawks legend was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, a disease which impacts memory, movement, behavior, and mood, in 2015.
“With great sorrow, the Mikita family announces that Stan passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the age of 78,” his family said in a statement. “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.”