Study Finds Stan Mikita Had CTE

A study conducted by the Boston University CTE Center found that Stan Mikita, the greatest player in Blackhawks history, had the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Mikita died last year at the age of 78. “Stosh” was diagnosed as having had Stage 3 of the disease; Stage 4 is the most severe form.

The study’s results were announced by Dr. Ann McKee, director of the Boston University CTE Center, at a Concussion Legacy Foundation event at the Palmer House.

From a release of the findings:

“Stan Mikita was diagnosed with two neurodegenerative diseases that our research has shown are associated with a long career in contact sports such as ice hockey: CTE and Lewy body disease.”

7 thoughts on “Study Finds Stan Mikita Had CTE

  1. Proof quarterback Andrew Luck made the correct decision to retire before additional damage is done…

    I can only imagine the damage hockey players endure over their careers….

  2. Phil Esposito has it right as usual: take the Kevlar off their shoulders and they will stop targeting the head. Outlawing fistfights like most of hockey already has would also protect the long term health of these athletes. Hockey is the best sport to play or watch WITHOUT boxing.

    Stan was as fine a gentleman as I’ve had the privilege to know in hockey.
    RIP Stan Mikita!

  3. Frontline ran a documentary on CTE in football a few years ago. The study it focussed upon analyzed brain tissue mostly from former NFL players such as Mike Webster and Junior Seau but there was also a college player and a high school kid included. Both of the latter showed clear signs of CTE even though neither had ever taken a serious head shot. This suggested that it is possible to develop CTE simply through the normal wear and tear of the game – ie. without ever getting your bell rung.

  4. Jordy that’s scary news for a lot of athletes, old and new. For hockey players some welcome contact but will pay the price over a long career. Fearless at a cost.

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