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Blackhawks' legend Stan Mikita suffering from dementia

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The first ever Blackhawks player to have his number raised to the rafters at Chicago Stadium has been diagnosed with dementia. Mikita spent 22 years with the Blackhawks, and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (1,394), assists (926) and points (1,467). He’s second all-time in goals (541), and won the Stanley Cup in 1961. He won the league scoring title four times, and won back-to-back Hart (MVP) and Lady Byng (gentlemanly play) trophies in 1966-68. Mikita, who still makes public appearances on behalf of the Blackhawks, was the first veteran to volunteer to wear a helmet in 1979. A life size bronze statue of Mikita with teammate Bobby Hull was erected outside the United Center in 2011.