The Chicago Blackhawks will honor Stan Mikita before Friday’s game with #OneMoreShift
It was announced yesterday that the Blackhawks will be honoring Stan Mikita on Friday as part of the #OneMoreShift series. Due to his health condition, Mikita’s grandsons, Charlie, Billy, and Tommy, will be on the ice in place of their grandfather. The Blackhawks put together a list of Mikita’s accomplishments showing why he’s one of the best players to ever wear the indian head sweater:
Mikita’s sweater (#21) was the first to be retired in team history on October 19, 1980, at Chicago Stadium after playing his entire 22-year career with the Blackhawks (1958-80). He is the team’s all-time leader in games played (1,396), assists (926) and points (1,467) and second to Bobby Hull in goals (541). Mikita was a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship team and paced the team in scoring throughout the playoffs.
As a six-time First Team All-Star (1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968) and two-time Second Team All-Star (1965, 1970), Mikita was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. In addition to being the first Czechoslovakian-born player in the NHL, he won numerous league awards including the Art Ross Trophy four times (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), Hart Trophy two times (1967, 1968), Lady Byng Memorial Trophy two times (1967, 1968) and Lester Patrick Trophy once (1976). He is also the only player in NHL history to win the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng Trophies in the same season, and did so consecutively in the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons.
Jonathan Toews also skated in practice yesterday and could return as early as Wednesday’s game against the Blues. Toews had been out the last few games dealing with a lower-body injury.
Patrick Kane spoke to the media after practice and talked about their final games of the season. He mentions the possibility of having a hand in keeping the Blues out of the playoffs. The Avalanche are ahead of the Blues by one point with two games remaining, but the Blues have three games left. Two of the three are against the Blackhawks.
"— Eric Lear (@BHTVeric) April 2, 2018"