Guest List: Stan Mikita

October 6, 2011 4:56:34 AM PDT
The name Stan Mikita is synonymous with greatness when it comes to hockey in Chicago and throughout the NHL.

As one of the most charismatic and electrifying athletes of his or any era, Mikita thrilled fans with his unique combination of speed, skill and toughness. Along the way, he became known as one of the finest centers in hockey history and is still widely regarded to be the best at his position of the 1960s.

Mikita now has his electrifying career highlighted in the new book Forever a Blackhawk, where he traces his life and career from his days as a youngster in Czechoslovakia and then Canada to his current role as a Blackhawks ambassador. Throughout the book, beautiful photos reflect on Mikita's greatest moments and achievements, including:

His days as a youth in Czechoslovakia to being adopted by his aunt and uncle in Canada

Earning hockey's ultimate prize in 1961: Lord Stanley's Cup and a championship ring

Leading the league in goals in the 1961 playoffs

Using his innovative curved stick to win face-offs and set a league record in scoring

Being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983

His current role as ambassador of good will to the Chicago Blackhawks Featuring hundreds of rare, full-color photos from his personal archive and accompanying text from legendary Chicago sports columnist and Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi, Forever a Blackhawk gives Mikita's millions of fans a never-before-seen glimpse into the life of this hockey icon. Bringing the pictures to life is an exclusive commemorative DVD, which includes highlights, interviews, and behind-the-scenes clips from the Blackhawks' video library.

A must-have keepsake for Blackhawks fans of all ages, Forever a Blackhawk is a rare opportunity to celebrate the life of one of the greatest hockey players in Chicago's history.

About the Authors:

Stan Mikita is one of the greatest centers in the history of hockey. During his illustrious 22-year Chicago Blackhawks career, he set franchise records for games played, assists, and points, and led the 1960-61 squad to the Stanley Cup. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

Bob Verdi is the Chicago Blackhawks' team historian and has covered sports for five decades, including more than 40 years as a columnist and contributor for the Chicago Tribune.

Meet Stan Mikita
Anderson's Bookshop
Downers Grove
Today, 6:30 to 8pm

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