The Blackhawks will wear a number 21 patch on their jerseys tonight as they open their 2018-19 regular season schedule in Ottawa. The patch is in honor of the late Stan Mikita, who passed away on August 7 at the age of 78. The Blackhawks will continue to wear these patches on their home and road jerseys throughout the 2018-19 regular season.
Mikita played his entire 22-year career with Chicago and is the all-time franchise leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,394). He is also second in franchise history in goals scored with 541. Mikita was a four-time Art Ross Trophy winner and was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the NHL and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanlike conduct in 1967 and 1968.
The Blackhawks will honor Mikita even further during their home opener on October 7, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. There will be a pregame ceremony ahead of the game. Also, his number will remain painted on the ice at the United Center behind each goal throughout the regular season.