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Throwback Thursday: Stan Mikita

By Josh Brink
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Stan Mikita’s #21 jersey is raised into the rafters at Chicago Staduium October 19, 1980. (Photo courtesy of blackhawks.nhl.com)

His career continued to be a great one during the 70’s also as he racked up the minutes and years with the same Chicago Black Hawks team. Around the mid 1970’s Mikita began experiencing chronic back injuries and pain which ended up sending him into retirement during the 1979-80 season. Playing in a total of 22 seasons with the same team Stan Mikita is fourth all-time in games played over a career for a single team.

Notable achievements:

  • Ranked 14th all-time in points, 17th in assists, 30th in goals, and 35th in games played.
  • 4x Art Ross Trophy (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968)
  • 2x Hart Memorial Trophy (1967, 1968)
  • 2x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1967,1968)
  • The only player in NHL history to win the Hart, Art Ross, and Lady Byng trophies in the same season, doing so in consecutive seasons, in 1966–67 and 1967–68
  • Played in  NHL All-Star Game (1964, 1967-1969, 1971-1975)
  • The Blackhawks retired #21 on October 19, 1980; Mikita was the first Blackhawks player to have his number retired.

Any Stan Mikita fans out there on Throwback Thursday? Let me know what your thoughts are or any specific memories you may have in the comments below!

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