2 – Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita only served as the Blackhawks captain from 1975-1977, but it was all the great things he did with the ‘Hawks beforehand that earns him this spot in my book. Mikita was a member of the Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup Championship, and it is because of him that we see so many things around the league.
Mikita was a big reason the NHL started to curve their sticks. He was one of the players that pushed the envelope on making that change from the straight stick, and it did work out for him as he scored 541 goals in 1396 games for the ‘Hawks.
Mikita did his best to make the Blackhawks a great team; well, maybe I should be calling them the Black Hawks, as that is what they went by back then! The captain was also one of the first players to wear a helmet; he indeed was ahead of his time!
I do not think we are ever going to see a player be a more prominent face of the Blackhawks franchise than Stan Mikita; however, there has been one more influential captain.