Tuesday, June 16, 2015


The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Monday night. Great celebration and joy all around. But Stan Mikita wasn’t celebrating. You see, Stan wasn’t remembering. He has dementia.

Back in the day, to coin a phrase, they played without helmets. They played in the winter against foes from the Original Six, with names like Bruins and Rangers. Not “Lightning.”

His wife said that “Stan knew the risks every time he laced up the skates,” so they won’t be suing anybody. Besides, she said, “It won’t help.”
Sad that one of the Blackhawk greats can’t join the others, but refreshing that his family appreciates how this Slovak boy, raised in Canada benefited from professional hockey. Yep, those Canadians. Eh?

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