Blackhawks all-time leading scorer Stan Mikita dies

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Stan Mikita, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the leading scorer in Chicago Blackhawks history, died Tuesday at age 78, according to a statement from his family.

Mikita played 1,396 games in the NHL from 1958-80, all of them with the Blackhawks to lead the franchise in that category. He won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 1961.

Mikita amassed 1,467 points (541 goals and 926 assists), which ranks 14th in NHL history. Mikita won the Hart Trophy twice as league MVP, four Art Ross trophies as the league’s leading scorer and the Lady Byng twice as the most gentlemanly player. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement Tuesday.

“Stan Mikita lived a remarkable life and was a wonderful man, respected and revered by so many,” he said. “One of the greatest players in NHL history and a Chicago icon, he was a pioneer of the game in so many ways.

“He designed the distinctive helmet

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