Blackhawks announce statues for Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita
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Bobby Hull (left) and Stan Mikita
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today plans to unveil statues for Ambassadors and Hockey Hall-of-Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. The bronze life-sized statues, which will be sculpted by the Rotblatt/Amrany Fine Art Studio, will be located outside of the United Center.
“Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita are two of the pillars of our franchise,” Blackhawks Team President John McDonough said. “Today is a step forward as we recognize their immense contributions to the Blackhawks. These statues will be prominently showcased for all of our fans to see.”
Mikita is Chicago’s all-time career leader in assists, points and games played and helped the team capture the Stanley Cup in 1961. He earned four Art Ross Trophies and two Hart and Lady Byng Trophy and had his jersey number 21 retired on October 21, 1980, the first in franchise history. Hull spent 15 years in a Blackhawks uniform and ranks first in franchise history in goals and second in games played and points. He helped Chicago win the 1961 Stanley Cup and also collected two Hart Trophies one Lady Byng Trophy. They were named Blackhawks Ambassadors together at a pre-game ceremony at the United Center on March 7, 2008.
The statues will be unveiled early in the 2011-12 Blackhawks season. Exact location and description details will be released at a later date.
Statement from Blackhawks President John McDonough:
“We have very good news. The Blackhawks have commissioned a world-class sculptor to erect a statue of Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull that will be up some time next fall outside the United Center. It’s very, very exciting, very, very long overdue, and the driving force behind this, again, is Rocky Wirtz.”
Statement from Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz:
“Bobby and Stan have been so terrific for the organization for so many years, it’s a way that we could show our support, and our fans from all over the world can come to see this.”