Stan Mikita is one of the iconic NHL players like Steve Yzerman, who played his entire lengthy career for one hockey team, and is closely identified with that team, in his case, the Chicago Blackhawks. He wore jersey number 21 for his entire tenure with the Blackhawks.
Mikita began his NHL career with Chicago during the 1958-59 season, but played in only three games that season, at age 18. He would play in 67 games during his sophomore NHL season, but wouldn't break out offensively until his third year in the league, 1960-61, when he scored 53 points in 66 games.
That was the beginning of a stellar 22-year NHL career, where Mikita would lead the league in scoring four times and would finish second only to Gordie Howe in career points scored.
- 1,467 career points (in 1,394 games)
- 2-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner (1967, 1968)
- 2-time Lady Byng Trophy winner (1967, 1968)
- 4-time Art Ross Trophy winner (1964, 1965, 1967 and 1968)
- 1961 Stanley Cup Champion
- 1983 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
- Lester Patrick Trophy winner (1976)
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