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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on October 28th, 2012

Stanislav "Stan" Mikita (born Stanislav Guoth; May 20, 1940), is a Slovak-born Canadian retired Professional Ice Hockey player, generally regarded as the best centre of the 1960s - In 1961, he won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he played his entire career - Mikita was born in Sokolče, Slovak Republic as Stanislav Guoth, but moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, as a young boy to escape Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle who gave him their surname, Mikita - Ranked 14th all-time in points, 16th in assists, 29th in goals, and 32nd in games played (at end of 2009–10 NHL season) - Won the Hart Memorial Trophy as most valuable player in 1967 and 1968 - Won the Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer in 1964, 1965, 1967 and 1968 - Won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1967 and 1968 - Named to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968 - Named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1965 and 1970 - Played in NHL All-Star Game in 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975 - Won the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1976 - The only player in NHL history to win the Hart, Art Ross, and Lady Byng trophies in the same season, doing so in consecutive seasons, in 1966–67 and 1967–68 - Only Alex Delvecchio and Steve Yzerman had a longer career playing for only a single team - Was named to Team Canada for the 1972 Summit Series, but only played two games due to injuries - Inducted into the Slovak Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 - In 1998, he was ranked number 17 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players, making him the highest-ranked player born outside of Canada, although he was trained in Canada - Most NHL games played by a European-born ice hockey forward (1,394) - The Blackhawks retired #21 retired on October 19, 1980 - The ice rink in Ruzomberok, Slovakia is named after him - In 2011, statues of Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull were installed outside the United Center in Chicago, where the Chicago Blackhawks currently play

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