Blackhawks to wear No. 21 patch in honor of Stan Mikita during 2018-19 season

The No. 21 will also be painted on the United Center ice behind each goal throughout the season.

The Chicago Blackhawks will honor the late Stan Mikita throughout the 2018-19 NHL season with a No. 21 patch on their sweaters and the number painted on the United Center ice behind each goal, the team announced Wednesday.

It’s the first time the Blackhawks will wear a patch on their uniform to honor a member of the organization since the 2007-08 season, when the team worn a “WWW” patch in honor of former owner William Wadsworth “Bill” Wirtz.

Chicago will host a pregame ceremony to honor Mikita prior to its home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 7.

Mikita, who is the franchise all-time scoring leader with 1,467 points, died Aug. 7 at age 78.

Mikita also leads Chicago in games played (1,396) and assists (926) in his 22 seasons as a player. 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.

His No. 21 was the first number to be retired in franchise history.