All Time Blackhawks

Throwback Thursday: Stan Mikita

By Josh Brink
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From left to right, Chicago Blackhawks Stan Mikita, Ken Wharram, and Doug Mohns (Photo courtesy of

The following season was when he really became known as a star center though, scoring 25 goals and 52 assists. He didn’t look back during the 60’s either teaming up with Bobby Hull when they began trading off for the league leader in goals scored and points during that time. Stan Mikita led the league in goals scored a total of 4 times in the decade and tied Bobby Hull’s single season record of 97 points during the 1966-67 season. This earned him the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Art Ross Trophy. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy was a great honor to him especially because during his career progression he decided to clean his game some after his daughter had asked her mother why their dad was always sitting down. He was sitting down so much because of the aggressive play that he had always known best.

During the 1960’s Stan Mikita also became recognized as an innovator along with Bobby Hull to the curved stick. In this video, Mikita goes on to tell his story how the curved stick was a complete accident after his stick had gotten wedged between the boards and cracked slightly. In anger he snapped the puck at the boards and noticed the puck had come off his stick in a way that created more power and noise when it hit the boards than it ever had before. So building on how he could use that stick to his advantage, later that day he soaked it in hot water and curved it to his liking and the rest became history. Bobby Hull was the first to notice the difference in his shot and he had to have one of the curved sticks too. More and more players began to experiment with this style of hockey stick, adding more curve until 1970 when the NHL made a restriction of ½” curvature.