To most people, Stan Mikita is known as the namesake of Mikita'a Donut Shop in Wayne's World, I've always known him as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Of course, my dad, who grew up in North Dakota before the North Stars came around, was a Blackhawks guy from the time he began to follow hockey, so that probably had a lot to do with it, too.
With my collection of hits from retired players growing, I figured it was time a snatched up a relic of a player my dad was such a huge fan of, with a jersey card from 2011-12 Dominion, numbered 43/50.
Mikita reached hockey's Mount Everest in his 1961, just his second full season, when the Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings for the Stanley Cup. Mikita led the league in playoff goals that year with 6. During his career, Mikita collected quite the collection of hardware, being awarded the Hart Trophy (League MVP) in 1967 and 1968, the Art Ross Trophy (Leading Scorer) in 1964, 1965, 1967, and 1968, and the Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship and Gentlemanly Conduct) in 1967 and 1968. He is also the only player in NHL history to win the Hart, Art Ross, and Lady Byng Trophies in the same season...which he did twice (1967 and 1968). Mikita retired in 1980 and his number 21 was retired by the Blackhawks on October 19, 1980. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and is third behind Alex Delvecchio and Steve Yzerman for longest career with a single team.