Blackhawks Ambassador Stan Mikita's legendary tenure with the Blackhawks is reflected in record books, the rafters above the ice in the United Center and in bronze on Madison Street. Oct. 19 is a special date in Stosh's calendar, but do you know why? Read on for The Friday Five: Mikita's Dates to Remember.
1. April 16, 1961—a Stanley Cup champion
The Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in franchise history following a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings in Game 6 in Detroit. Mikita led all skaters with a postseason-high six goals and a 0.5 goals-per-game average. His five assists and 11 total points were good for fourth.
2. April 4, 1973—setting franchise playoff records
In a 7-1 thrashing of the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the 1973 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals, Mikita dished out five assists, setting the record for most playoff assists and points in one game, which has stood for nearly 40 years (Jonathan Toews tied Mikita’s single-game playoff point record with three goals and two assists against the Vancouver Canucks on May 7, 2010). Stosh also holds the franchise record for most career playoff assists (91), playoff games played (155), and career playoff points (150).
3. Oct. 19, 1980—sweater retired
After his 22-year NHL career with the Blackhawks, Mikita’s No. 21 was ceremoniously raised to the rafters of Chicago Stadium. Mikita is the only Blackhawk to ever don the number and played all of his franchise-most 1,394 games in the Indian Head sweater.
4. March 7, 2008—named a Blackhawks Ambassador
Stosh was named a Blackhawks Ambassador during a pregame ceremony at the United Center on Friday, March 7, 2008, along with Bobby Hull. The ambassadorship represented the organization’s connection to their celebrated history and the new culture of the franchise.
5. Oct. 22, 2011—statue unveiling
On this Saturday evening last year, Stan Mikita was immortalized in bronze on Madison Street alongside Bobby Hull. The two statues face the lot where Chicago Stadium once stood.
“I thought by now I would be forgotten, and instead, I keep being remembered,” Mikita said after the statues were unveiled.