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NHL Seasons: 1958-1980
Teams: Chicago Blackhawks
Born in Slovakia and raised in St. Catherines Ontario, Stan Mikita began his professional career at age 19 with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team with whom he would spend all 22 of his NHL seasons.
Alongside Bobby Hull, Mikita helped elevate the club from the league’s worst to 1961 Stanley Cup Champions.
Credited as a pioneer of the curved stick, in 1964 Mikita won the Art Ross Trophy and would do so again in three of the following four seasons.
Mikita began his career as one of the league’s scrappiest players. However, during the 1965-66 season he cleaned up his game and in 1967 became the first player to win three major trophies—the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng.
He repeated the feat the following year.
An eight-time all-star, Mikita holds the Blackhawks’ all-time record for points, games, seasons and assists and is second only to Bobby Hull for most goals.
His No. 21 was the first to be retired by the Blackhawks almost immediately following his retirement in 1980 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
Mikita retired with 1,467 career points in 1,394 games.