Stan Mikita, who led Blackhawks to 1961 title, dies at 78

Hockey Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has died at 78. His death was announced Tuesday by the Chicago Blackhawks, the team he helped lead to the Stanley Cup in 1961. The Blackhawks did not disclose details but said he was with his family. Mikita spent his entire 22-year NHL career with the Blackhawks and is the team’s all-time leader with 926 assists, 1,467 points and 1,394 games played. He’s also second to Bobby Hull with 541 goals. Mikita became the first player to have his jersey retired by the Blackhawks in 1980. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later. His career was recognized in the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World,” in which he played himself as the owner of the Stan Mikita Donuts restaurant.

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