Blackhawks Legend Stan Mikita Passes Away

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The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Elmhurst College and master’s degree in organizational leadership from Lewis University, Judith Abraham is an experienced obstetrics nurse who recently completed a five-month role as the interim director at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Wyoming. Upon completing this position, Judith Abraham left Wyoming and returned to Illinois, where she enjoys following her favorite National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks lost a cherished member on August 7 when Stan Mikita, Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) inductee and the team’s all-time leader in points and games played, passed away at 78 years of age. Born in Sokolce, Czechoslovakia, Mikita played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey Association before he joined the Blackhawks near the end of the 1958-59 season.

Mikita spent his entire 22-year career with the Blackhawks and recorded 1,467 points in 1,394 regular-season games and 150 points in 155 playoff games. The four-time Art Ross Trophy-winner led the team to a Stanley Cup in 1961.

Mikita’s number 21 sweater was raised to the rafters of Chicago’s home arena immediately after his retirement in 1980, and he was inducted into the HHOF three years later. The team released a heartfelt statement following Mikita’s death, while fellow Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull mourned the loss of a man he described as “a great friend.”