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Blackhawks players, NHL community react to Stan Mikita’s death

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From Bobby Hull to Jonathan Toews, tributes poured out about the greatest Chicago Blackhawks player of all time.

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Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita died Tuesday. He was 78.

His family said he was “surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved.” He had been diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, which was revealed in 2015. The disease stripped him of memories, including the ones during his playing days which were remembered fondly by so many.

Mikita is the franchise leader in games played (1,396), assists (926) and points (1,467). He was an eight-time All-Star, two-time Hart Trophy winner and member of the Hawks’ 1961 Stanley Cup championship team. He also is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s 1983 class and has a bronze statue next to one of teammate Bobby Hull outside the United Center.