(This segment aired on XM Radio in December, 2008)\
As the hockey world has turned its attention to Chicago for this year’s New Year’s Day outdoor classic, we are joined by former Black Hawks great Stan Mikita.
Mikita is thought by some to be the breatest center of the 1960’s. In 1961 he won the Stanley Cup with the Hawks.
As significantly, In his early years, Mikita was among the most-penalized players in the league, but he then decided to play a cleaner game and went on to win the Lady Bing Memorial Trophy for sportsmanlike conduct twice.
Combining skilled defense and a reputation as one of the game’s best faceoff men with his innovative curved stick, Mikita led the league in scoring four times in the decade, tying Bobby Hull’s single-season scoring mark in 1966-67 with 97 points (a mark broken two years later by former teammate Phil Esposito and currently held by Wayne Gretzky).
He currently serves as an ambassador for the Blackhawks’ organization.