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.”
In this video, learn from Dr. McKee about what CTE is, what causes it, its symptoms, and more:https://t.co/sIv56y3d4T
— Concussion Legacy Foundation (@ConcussionLF) September 17, 2019