In a statement released by Stan Mikita’s family, it was announced the Hall of Famer and legendary Chicago Blackhawks center has been diagnosed with what is suspected to be Lewy body dementia.
Mikita, the Blackhawks all-time points leader with 1,467, was an instrumental part of Chicago's 1961 Stanley Cup championship and is still a fixture with the team, acting as an ambassador and often appearing at team functions.
The four-time Art Ross Trophy and two-time Hart Trophy recipient played each of his 22 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, suiting up for 1,394 games for the franchise. He sits second all-time in goals with 541 for the Blackhawks. Early in his career, Mikita was one of the fiercest competitors and oft-penalized, but he would go on to win back-to-back Lady Byng Memorial Trophies in 1966-67 and 1967-68, recording only 26 penalty minutes over the two seasons.
Mikita’s family has stated that he is currently in the hands of caregivers, and that they are looking after the Blackhawks legend.
Mikita was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. In 2011, the Blackhawks immortalized Mikita when the team unveiled life-sized bronze statues of he and longtime teammate Bobby Hull. The statues reside outside of Chicago’s home arena, the United Center.