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Stan Mikita (born May 20 1940) is a Slovakmarker-Canadianmarker retired professional ice hockey player, generally regarded as the best centre of the 1960s. In 1961 he won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks, with whom he played his entire career.

Biography

Early life

Mikita was born in Sokolče, Czechoslovakiamarker as Stanislav Guoth (Gvoth), but moved to St. Catharines Ontario, Canada, as a young boy to avoid the political troubles in the area due to Communist control. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle who gave him their surname, Mikita.

Playing career

After three starring junior seasons with the St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association, Mikita was promoted to the parent Chicago Black Hawks in 1959. In his second full year, in 1961, the Hawks won their third and most recent Stanley Cup. The young centre led the entire league in goals during the playoffs, scoring a total of six.

The following season was his breakout year. Stan Mikita became a star as centre of the famed "Scooter Line", (with right wing Ken Wharram and left wingers Ab McDonald and Doug Mohns). He became the most-feared centre of the Sixties. With superstar teammate Bobby Hull, the Black Hawks had the most powerful offense of the decade, generally leading the league in goals scored. Combining skilled defense and a reputation as one of the game's best faceoff men using his innovative curved stick, Mikita led the league in scoring four times in the decade, tying Bobby Hull's single-season scoring mark in 1966–67 with 97 points (a mark broken two years later by former teammate Phil Esposito and currently held by Wayne Gretzky).

In his early years, Mikita was among the most penalized players in the league, but he then decided to play a cleaner game and went on to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanlike conduct twice. Mikita's drastic change in behavior came after he returned home from a road trip. His wife told him that while their daughter was watching the Black Hawks' last road game on television, she turned and said, "Mommy, why does Daddy spend so much time sitting down?" The camera had just shown Mikita in the penalty box again (from Mikita's autobiography "I Play to Win.")

Retirement

His latter years marred by chronic back injuries, Mikita finally retired during the 1979-80 season. Upon his retirement, he had the second-highest career scoring point total of any NHL player, after Gordie Howe. Mikita had played in the seventh most games of any player at the time. Mikita was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Famemarker in 1983, and into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. He currently serves as an ambassador of good will for the Blackhawks' organization.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1958–59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 1 1 4
1959–60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 8 18 26 119 3 0 1 1 2
1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 19 34 53 100 12 6 5 11 21
1961–62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 25 52 77 97 12 6 15 21 19
1962–63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 31 45 76 69 6 3 2 5 2
1963–64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 39 50 89 146 14 1 0 7 3 6 9 8
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 28 59 87 154 8 0 6 14 3 7 10 53
1965–66 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 30 48 78 58 11 1 1 6 1 2 3 2
1966–67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 35 62 97 12 8 1 5 6 2 2 4 2
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 72 40 47 87 14 -3 13 2 8 11 5 7 12 6
1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 30 67 97 52 +17 7 3 2
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 39 47 86 50 +29 7 0 8 8 4 6 10 2
1970–71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 24 48 72 85 +21 7 0 4 18 5 13 18 16
1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 26 39 65 46 +16 5 0 6 8 3 1 4 4
1972–73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 27 56 83 32 +31 7 1 5 15 7 13 20 8
1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 30 50 80 46 +24 6 2 1 11 5 6 11 8
1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 79 36 50 86 48 +14 12 0 6 8 3 4 7 12
1975–76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 16 41 57 37 -4 6 0 1 4 0 0 0 4
1976–77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 19 30 49 20 -9 6 1 4 2 0 1 1 0
1977–78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 18 41 59 35 +18 6 0 2 4 3 0 3 0
1978–79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 19 36 55 34 +3 4 0 1
1979–80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 17 2 5 7 12 +2 0 0 0
22 years Totals NHL 1394 541 926 1467 1270 +159 127 12 60 155 59 91 150 169


Awards and accomplishments



Notes

  • His name was used in Wayne's World as the name of a doughnut shop, as a parody reference to the Canadian chain Tim Hortons. A restaurant named "Stan Mikita's" and closely resembling the movie's version was opened in 1994 at the Virginia amusement park Kings Dominionmarker and at Paramount Carowindsmarker in Charlotte. The Virginia restaurant was later converted into a Happy Days theme.
  • Reportedly the first player to ever use a curved blade on his stick and was one of the first practitioners of the slapshot.
  • In 1973, Stan teamed up with Chicago business man Irv Tiahnybik to form the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA), to bring together deaf and hard-of hearing hockey players from all over the country.
  • Also known as "Stosh"
  • Nicknamed "Stan the Man"
  • Is the main character in the book "My Man Stan"[44564] by Tim Wendel.
  • His daughter is married to the caddie of golfer David Toms.


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