Honoring Stosh

When Stan Mikita’s grandsons skated “One More Shift” for the greatest player to ever wear the Indian head on Friday, it marks a tough moment in Blackhawks history.

As noted by TSN on Wednesday, last year’s championship officially filled the available space on the Stanley Cup. This summer, the band that includes championships won between 1954-65 will be removed to make space for the future. With that band’s removal, Mikita’s name will come off the greatest trophy in sports forever.

5 thoughts on “Honoring Stosh

  1. Man, that is so sad. To those of us who are a certain age, Mikita will always stand in a shaft of light.

  2. I remember as kid everybody talking about how dirty he was then won the back to back Lady Bings to go with Art Ross and Harts. He was true great who never weighed more than 160 lbs. Glad to see that era getting included in last shift honor. Be nice to see a few more while they are still around. Bobby Hull, Glenn Hall, Tony O among others could be given one.

  3. More than anything Stan and Bobby turned an eight year old kid in Ontario into a Blackhawk fan. That passion lives on nearly sixty years later. Still frustrated that they didn’t win the final game of the season more often.

    Time passes but memories grow. Several years ago I met Stan at a charity golf event. The two of us chatted about the Blackhawks for 20 minutes or more. As we moved on and he thanked me for sharing my memories I concluded he was a true gentleman.

    Hopefully those rings they take off the Cup get a place of honour in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Echo what Ian says. Stan’s grandkids didn’t generate much crowd noise but giving those players one last shift while they can still stand should be a priority.

  4. I began following hockey in 1965 and have so many fond memories of Stosh. Does anyone remember his Scooter Line with Warrem and Mohns? I often think about a goal Mikita scored when I was at a game. He was in the slot and, like a magician, faked a pass to the winger and took a quick slapper for the goal. After his ear was nearly sliced in half by a high stick, Mikita wore a helmut for the rest of his career, which influenced Warrem and Mohns wearing a helmut. I could not understand why so few wore helmuts. We have come a long way in that department, with the visor added. Hope the face and mouth is next.

    Stosh even was more of a gentleman than one of the greatest players. Am sad he is in such bad shape.

  5. Corrected Grammar.

    I began following hockey in 1965 and have so many fond memories of Stosh. Does anyone remember his Scooter Line with Warrem and Mohns? I often think about a goal Mikita scored when I was at a game. He was in the slot and, like a magician, faked a pass to the winger and took a quick slapper for the goal. After his ear was nearly sliced in half by a high stick, Mikita wore a helmut for the rest of his career, which influenced Warrem and Mohns to wear a helmut. I could not understand why so few wore helmuts. We have come a long way in that department, with the visor added. Hope the face and mouth is next.

    Stosh was even more of a gentleman than one of the greatest players. Am sad he is in such bad shape.

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