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'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with oral cancer, the franchise announced Tuesday.

“Stan has been diagnosed with an early base of tongue cancer and the prognosis is excellent. He will be treated with external beam radiation therapy,” Dr. Richard Borrowdale of Loyola Medical Center said in a statement released by the Blackhawks.

Mikita’s cancer is at Stage I, meaning the cancer is localized and has not spread. The team said there would be no further statements released.

Mikita, 71, played 22 seasons in the NHL, all with the Blackhawks. He wsa inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.  He won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1967 and 1968 with Chicago. Mikita is also the first player in NHL history to win the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng trophies in the same season in 1966-67.

The nine-time All-Star had his No. 21 retired by the team in 1980.

Mikita also reached some pop culture fame when a fictional restaurant, “Stan Mikita's Donuts,” was featured in the film “Wayne’s World.”

-- A.J. Perez

Photo: Getty Images

The Associated Press contrinuted to this report.
Category: NHL
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:11 pm
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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:09 am
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Leave it up to a idiotic Canadian to post something like that when someone is getting treated for cancer. Obviously this person has never had to deal with the horrific news of cancer with a family member. Its no joking matter or in your case just plain posting stupid comments. Stay on your weak French Canadian messageboards and away from ours. Here's to hoping Stan to a speedy recovery, you will not find a more classy individual and better ambassador for the game of hockey.  



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:33 am
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

You're an idiot. Thanks for the lesson. It does not deminish the man nor do you point out he was raised in an era where somking was accepted and they did not know as much as we know today. But leave it to you to find the negative in this thing. Go back to smoking your dope.

Good luck Stan, we are all behing your recovery.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 7:59 pm
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Mikita is a legendary star and a class guy.  Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:03 pm
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Yep, we have been dealing with this news now at Medinah Country Club for a few weeks. Mr. Mikita is one of our favorite members, and it has been a somber feeling. This guy can golf, let me tell you guys. He's about a 5 handicap..golfed with him a few times. Great man, a legend in the hockey world, and a classy member here at Medinah. Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Mikita.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 7:34 am
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

This article and others like it do everyone else a disservice by failing to mention he is a long-time smoker. Although not without exceptions, statistically you reap what you sow. I saw many threads assuming he "must be a chewer to get tongue cancer", but that's nonsense; they are merely two methods of delivering the same drug, actually a cocktail of carcinogens that bathe your entire body.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:52 pm
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Sad to hear.  Get well man.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:24 pm
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Get well Stan, you're a legend, and more importantly, a Czech!



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:29 pm
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Mikita - I'm an idiot



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:28 pm
 

'Hawks legend Stan Mikita diagnosed with cancer

Cancer can be so nasty, regardless of how early it is caught.  Thoughts a prayers to your family Mr Makita - fight it like hell!!!


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