Chicago Blackhawks: 3 memorable Stan Mikita moments

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Hart, Lady Byng, and Ross trophies in the same season

Mikita is still the only player in NHL history to win the Hart, Lady Byng, and Ross trophies in one season. The Hart Trophy is awarded to the league’s MVP for that season, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an award for sportsmanship, and the Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the league’s top scorer. Even more amazing is the fact that Mikita accomplished this feat in back-to-back seasons in 1967 and 1968.

Mikita battled with fellow teammate Bobby Hull, known as the Golden Jet, for the scoring title over several seasons during the 1960s. While Hull was a key part of the team’s success, Mikita’s line got their own name, The Scooter Line. Mikita, along with wingers Doug Mohns and Kenny Wharram formed this line and led the Blackhawks to greatness.

Mikita had sustained success throughout his storied career, which is a big reason why he was able to win so many NHL awards. In addition to leading the league in scoring four times over his career, he became the Blackhawks leading scorer in 1974, passing Hull by recording 1,154 points. By the time he had retired, Mikita finished with 1,467 points and is still the team’s leading scorer to this day.

Mikita also holds Blackhawks records of most games played (1,396), Plus/Minus (329), and assists (926). Mikita certainly put up amazing numbers and will be remembered for this, but he also played the game the right way. This attitude and demeanor led him to nine All-Star Games and was a big reason he won the Lady Byng in consecutive seasons.