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Blackhawks all-time leading scorer Stan Mikita dies at 78

Blackhawks all-time leading scorer Stan Mikita dies at 78
Published On: Tue, Aug 07
May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Mikita, the Blackhawks' all-time leading scorer with 1,467 points, has died. He was 78.

a€œThere are no words to describe our sadness over Stan's passing," Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey, and to all of Chicago. He left an imprint that will forever be etched in the hearts of fans - past, present and future. Stan made everyone he touched a better person. A My wife Marilyn and I, joined by the entire Wirtz family, extend our prayers and thoughts to Jill and the Mikita family. a€˜Stosha€™ will be deeply missed, but never, ever forgotten.a€

In 22 seasons in the NHL a€” all with the Blackhawks a€” Mikita took home two Hart Memorial trophies asA mostA valuable player, four Art Ross trophies as leading scorer, appeared in nine All-Star games and helped Chicago capture a Stanley Cup in 1961. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

Throughout his career, Mikita was known to be an offensive machine. But in his early years, he was also one of the most penalized players in the league, racking up 689 total penalty minutes in his first seven seasons.

It wasn't until the final road game of the 1964-65 campaign when Mikita changed up his style after his 14-month old daughter Meg was watching on TV and asked: "Mommy, why does Daddy spend so much time sitting down?", referring to Mikita sitting in the penalty box away from his teammates.

Mikita's penalty minutes dropped from 154 to 58 the following season, and then to a mere 12 and 14, respectively, in 1966-67 and 1967-68. Because of that, he went on to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy a€” the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability a€” in back-to-back years and remains the only player in NHL history to capture the Hart, Art RossA andA Lady Byng in the same season, having done so twice.

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