Rocky Wirtz

Blackhawks great Stan Mikita dies at 78: 'He was hard-working. He was unselfish. He was a superstar.'

Blackhawks great Stan Mikita dies at 78: 'He was hard-working. He was unselfish. He was a superstar.'

Stan Mikita, arguably the greatest player in Blackhawks history, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 78.

“There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan’s passing,” the team said in a statement. “He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey and to all of Chicago.”

“Stan made everyone he touched a better person,” team President Rocky Wirtz said. “ ‘Stosh’ will be deeply missed, but never, ever forgotten.”

Mikita lived life the way he played hockey. He did it his way, and he never stopped caring about what he did.

“He was more prepared than anybody I ever played with,” said Dale Tallon, executive vice president and general manager of...

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