Stan Mikita

Slovak-born Canadian ice hockey player

Stan Mikita (born Stanislav Guoth; May 20, 1940August 7, 2018) was a Slovak-born Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre. He played a career total of 22 years in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played his entire NHL career with the Chicago Black Hawks. He was often regarded as the best centre of the 1960s.[1]

Stan Mikita
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1983
Born (1940-05-20)May 20, 1940
Sokolče, Slovak Republic
Died August 7, 2018(2018-08-07) (aged 78)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
National team  Canada
Playing career 1958–1980

He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1961. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.[2] He was also inducted into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

He worked as an good will ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks.[4]

Mikita died at the age of 78 on August 7, 2018 from complications of Lewy body dementia in Chicago.[5][6]


  1. Diamond, Dan (1998). Total Hockey. Toronto: Total Sports Publishing. p. 1794. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
  2. "Legends of Hockey profile". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  3. "Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame profile". Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  4. "Hall Of Famer Savard Named Blackhawks Ambassador". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  5. "Blackhawks legend, Hall of Famer Mikita dies". Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  6. Roumeliotis, Charlie (August 7, 2018). "Blackhawks all-time leading scorer Stan Mikita dies at 78". NBC Sports. Retrieved August 7, 2018.

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Preceded by
Pit Martin
Chicago Blackhawks captain
with Pit Martin
Succeeded by
Keith Magnuson