On This Day

Stan Mikita

Full Name: Stanislav Guoth Mikita
Profession: Ice Hockey Player

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: Stan Mikita is regarded as the best ice hockey centre of the 1960s era.

Adopted as an 8-year old he moved from Slovakia to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1948. He starred for the St. Catharines Teepees of the Ontario Hockey Association for 3 seasons before being called up by Chicago Black Hawks in 1959–60.

He played his entire career for the Black Hawks winning a Stanley Cup (1961); the Hart Memorial Trophy - MVP (1967, 1968); and was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968.

Mikita was one of the first players to wear a helmet full-time. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 along with former teammate Bobby Hull and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017.

Born: May 20, 1940
Birthplace: Sokolče, Slovak Republic

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: August 7, 2018 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Lewy body dementia

Historical Events

  • 1969-03-01 Phil Esposito has a goal and assist in Boston Bruins' 8-5 win over NY Rangers to give him 99 points for the season, breaking the NHL record for most points in a season (97) held by Stan Mikita
  • 1973-11-04 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota

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