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Position Centre
Shot Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
169 lb (77 kg)
Teams Chicago Black Hawks
Nationality CAN
Born May 20 1940 (1940-05-20) (age 69),
Sokolče, Czechoslovakia
Pro Career 1958 – 1980
Hall of Fame, 1983

Stanislav "Stan the Man" Mikita (born May 20 1940) is a Slovak born, Canadian retired professional player, generally regarded as the best centre of the 1960s. In 1961 he won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he played his entire career.

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Biography

Early life

Mikita was born in Sokolče, Czechoslovakia as Stanislav Guoth (Gvoth), but moved to Ontario, Canada, as a young boy to avoid the political troubles in the area due to Communist control. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle who gave him their surname, Mikita.

Playing career

After three starring junior seasons with the St. Catharines TeePees of the Ontario Hockey Association, Mikita was promoted for good to the parent Chicago Black Hawks in 1959. In his second full year 1961, the Hawks won their third and most recent Stanley Cup, and the young centre led the league in goals in the playoffs with six.

The following season was his breakout year as a star, and centring the famed "Scooter Line" (with right wing Ken Wharram and left wingers Ab McDonald and Doug Mohns), became the most-feared centre of the Sixties, and with superstar teammate Bobby Hull, the Black Hawks had the most powerful offense of the decade, generally leading the league in goals scored. Combining skilled defense and a reputation as one of the game's best faceoff men with his innovative curved stick, Mikita led the league in scoring four times in the decade, tying Bobby Hull's single-season scoring mark in 1966–67 with 97 points (a mark broken two years later by former teammate Phil Esposito and currently held by Wayne Gretzky).

In his early years, Mikita was among the most penalized players in the league, but he then decided to play a cleaner game and went on to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanlike conduct twice.

Retirement

His latter years marred by chronic back injuries, Mikita finally retired during the 1979-80 season. Upon his retirement he had the second-highest career scoring point total of any NHL player, after Gordie Howe, and had played in the seventh most games of any player at the time. Mikita was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. He currently serves as an ambassador for the Blackhawks' organization.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1958–59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 1 1 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1959–60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 8 18 26 119 -- -- -- -- 3 0 1 1 2
1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 19 34 53 100 -- -- -- -- 12 6 5 11 21
1961–62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 25 52 77 97 -- -- -- -- 12 6 15 21 19
1962–63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 31 45 76 69 -- -- -- -- 6 3 2 5 2
1963–64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 39 50 89 146 -- 14 1 0 7 3 6 9 8
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 28 59 87 154 -- 8 0 6 14 3 7 10 53
1965–66 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 30 48 78 58 -- 11 1 1 6 1 2 3 2
1966–67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 35 62 97 12 -- 8 1 5 6 2 2 4 2
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 72 40 47 87 14 -3 13 2 8 11 5 7 12 6
1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 30 67 97 52 +17 7 3 2 -- -- -- -- --
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 39 47 86 50 +29 7 0 8 8 4 6 10 2
1970–71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 24 48 72 85 +21 7 0 4 18 5 13 18 16
1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 26 39 65 46 +16 5 0 6 8 3 1 4 4
1972–73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 27 56 83 32 +31 7 1 5 15 7 13 20 8
1973–74 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 30 50 80 46 +24 6 2 1 11 5 6 11 8
1974–75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 79 36 50 86 48 +14 12 0 6 8 3 4 7 12
1975–76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 16 41 57 37 -4 6 0 1 4 0 0 0 4
1976–77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 19 30 49 20 -9 6 1 4 2 0 1 1 0
1977–78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 18 41 59 35 +18 6 0 2 4 3 0 3 0
1978–79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 65 19 36 55 34 +3 4 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
1979–80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 17 2 5 7 12 +2 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
22 years Totals NHL 1394 541 926 1467 1270 +159 127 12 60 155 59 91 150 169

Awards and accomplishments

Preceded by
Pit Martin
Chicago Black Hawks captains
1976–77
Succeeded by
Keith Magnuson
Preceded by
Bobby Hull
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1967, 1968
Succeeded by
Phil Esposito
Preceded by
Bobby Hull
Winner of the Art Ross Trophy
1967, 1968
Succeeded by
Phil Esposito
Preceded by
Gordie Howe
Winner of the Art Ross Trophy
1964, 1965
Succeeded by
Bobby Hull
Preceded by
Alex Delvecchio
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1967, 1968
Succeeded by
Alex Delvecchio
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