Happy 71st birthday to legendary centerman Stan “Stosh” Mikita. Mikita was born in 1940, in the town of Sokolce of the Slovak Republic. Mikita’s birth name was actually Stanislav Guoth, but when Czechoslovakia became a Communist controlled country, Stosh fled to Ontario. Once in Ontario, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle and changed his name to Mikita.
Mikita played an amazing 21 seasons in the NHL, and all for the Chicago Blackhawks. Mikita was an incredible scorer throughout his career, however, he was also well known for his temper in his early years. Upon retiring during the ’79-’80 season, Mikita was third overall in career scoring and seventh overall in career games played. Three years after his retirement, Mikita was elected in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Over the course of his 21 season career, Mikita won the Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP) twice, the Art Ross Trophy (NHL’s leading scorer) four times, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (league’s most sportsmanlike player) twice and was a Stanley Cup Champion in 1961. Mikita’s number #21 jersey is retired by the Blackhawks.
Happy Birthday Stosh!