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Blackhawks Hall Of Famer Stan Mikita dies
Thursday Aug 09, 2018 12:00am

(UNDATED) - Stan Mikita, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the leading scorer in Chicago Blackhawks history, died Tuesday at age 78, according to a statement from his family. The team has announced a visitation will be held Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM in the United Center Atrium. Mikita played 1,396 games in the NHL from 1958 to 1980, all of them with the Blackhawks, to lead the franchise in that category. He won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 1961. Mikita amassed 1,467 points (541 goals and 926 assists), which ranks 14th in NHL history. Mikita won the Hart Trophy twice as league MVP, four Art Ross trophies as the league's leading scorer and the Lady Byng twice as the most gentlemanly player. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. In 2015, Mikita was diagnosed with suspected dementia with Lewy bodies, a brain disorder that causes memory loss. Mikita had requested that his brain be donated for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research after his death. In a statement, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said there are no words to describe the organization's sadness over Stan's passing. Wirtz says Mikita meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey, and to all of Chicago. Mikita worked as an ambassador for the Blackhawks during Wirtz's tenure as owner, and in 2011 the team raised a statue in his honor at United Center.

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