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The Friday Five: March 9, 2012

by Elise Butler / Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks TV’s “Monuments to Excellence” premiered Wednesday night at Navy Pier IMAX, sharing the story of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita’s careers and culminating with the unveiling of their statues outside the United Center earlier this season. As a celebration of that event and the duo’s place in Blackhawks history, we bring you The Friday Five: Hull and Mikita Edition

1. Hull scored his 51st goal of the season on March 12, 1966, against the New York Rangers.

With this goal Hull became the first NHL player to achieve this feat, breaking the record of former Montreal Canadiens Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion. Hull received a seven-minute standing ovation from fans at the Chicago Stadium.

2. Mikita is the only player to win the Lady Byng, Art Ross, and Hart Trophy in one season.

Mikita is the only player to take home the hat trick of trophies, representing gentlemanly conduct, scoring and MVP, respectively. And he did it in consecutive years, from 1967-1968.

3. Hull and son Brett are the only father-and-son tandem to score more than 50 goals in a season, finish their NHL careers with more than 600 goals, win the Hart and Lady Byng Trophies and have their numbers retired.

“The Golden Jet” and “The Golden Brett” are one of the most successful father-son combinations in NHL history. A successful player in his own right, Brett played in Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit and Phoenix during parts of 20 seasons in the NHL.

4. Mikita played 1,394 games in a Blackhawks uniform, the most in franchise history and eighth-most of any NHL player with one franchise.

Mikita played professional hockey from 1958-1980, all as a member of the Blackhawks organization. He spent three seasons with the St. Catharine’s Teepees before being promoted to the parent Blackhawks full-time for the 1959-1960 season.

5. Combined, Hull and Mikita scored 1,145 goals for the Blackhawks.

The duo are considered two of the greatest players in Blackhawks and NHL history.

Reserve your tickets now to a screening of “Monuments to Excellence” to see behind-the-scenes footage and interviews about their legacies with the Blackhawks franchise.

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