“Hey, Chicago. It’s great to be back home,” Chelios said. “We just lost one of our greatest icons. One of the greatest ever. To Jill (Mikita), to the family, to the great Stan Mikita... .this one’s for you Stan.”
Chelios then hung a Mikita sweater outside the television booth before singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
Chris Chelios paid tribute to the great Stan Mikita while singing the stretch at Wrigley tonight. pic.twitter.com/kSIe2nX47E— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) September 15, 2018
Chelios also threw out the first pitch for the game.
The Hawks will honor Mikita, who is the franchise scoring leader, with a pregame ceremony prior to their regular-seaosn home opener Oct. 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Throughout the season the Hawks will also wear a No. 21 patch on their sweaters. They’ll also have his number painted behind the net on the United Center ice.