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 Post subject: RIP Stan Mikita
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:05 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: RIP Stan Mikita
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:36 pm 
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Sad news, but sounds like the man lived a good, long, full life. I feel kind of embarrassed that there's very little I know about him as a player.


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Stan Mikita
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:33 am 
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RIP, Stan.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Stan Mikita
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:27 pm 
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Stan was a bit before my time as I didn't start following hockey seriously until about 1978-79 but by all accounts a multi-faceted player with a great sense of humour.

Hockey was on all the time at my house prior to 1978 and being Canadian, following hockey begins almost at birth, but actually studying the game didn't really happen until the era of the Canuck Flying V for me.

Before that I remember having rink and stick PJ's and I vaguely recall Habs and Bruins rivalries with Orr and Cheevers and Dryden, Lafleur etc.

Those games were always on HNIC followed by a Canucks game but that's about it. Not a lot of Chicago coverage out west in Canada.

I digress....Mikita was a great man - or so I hear.


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 Post subject: Re: RIP Stan Mikita
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:16 pm 
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I knew he was a really rough-and-tumble player and then suddenly shifted gears and became a Lady Byng winner, dropping from 154 in 1964-65, to 58 the next season, to 12 the year after that. What I did not know is that he made that abrupt change in his play because his young daughter complained that he was in the box too much.

Apparently he had been suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, a pretty nasty form of the disease. Robin Williams found out he had it, which was reportedly what prompted him to take his own life. :cry:


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