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Chicago Blackhawks: Top Five Captains Of All Time

By Skylar Peters
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May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of a monument of Chicago Blackhawks veteran

Stan Mikita

outside the United Center prior to game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4: Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita impacted not only the Chicago Blackhawks, but the entire game of hockey as we know it today. Since his retirement in 1980, he has been regarded as one of the greatest forwards to ever play the game. He did so at the highest level, purely as a member of the Black Hawks.

Mikita began his NHL career in 1959, at the age of 19. It didn’t take long for the Black Hawks to find success, and when they did, Mikita was instrumental in his role. In only his second full season, Mikita led the NHL playoffs in scoring and brought home his first, and what turned out to be only, Stanley Cup.

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Though Mikita would never win another Cup, his legacy is undeniable. Looking back on his storied career, it is hard to believe that Mikita spent only one season as captain of the Black Hawks, and even then, it was a shared honour. However, like all great leaders, Mikita didn’t have to have a letter on his chest to lead the team. He was the consummate professional, winning Art Ross, Lady Byng and Hart trophies along the way. In fact, Mikita is still the only NHL player to ever win all three in the same season … and he did it twice.

Mikita’s effectiveness as a forward is eclipsed only by his professionalism, something that he carried with him into retirement. With Mikita has falling under tough times recently with his health, Blackhawks fans old and young show even more appreciation for the impact he made on Black Hawks teams of the past, and the tradition he forged while wearing the red, white and black.

Next: No. 3: Dirk Graham

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