Daily Herald: Blackhawks' Stan Mikita

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Thousands of Blackhawks fans have a Stan Mikita story. (WLS)

Thousands of Blackhawks fans have a Stan Mikita story. Whether you ran into him after a game, at Braxton's restaurant in Oak Brook or Art's Tavern in Hillside or on a suburban golf course, the hockey legend would take 10 or 20 minutes to make each fan feel special. That's why the outpouring of support was immediate and overwhelming when, 16 months ago, his family revealed that Stan is suffering from what is believed to be Lewy Body dementia, a disease that damages a person's memories, disrupts attention and alertness and in most cases causes hallucinations. Stan was both one of the most famous hockey players to lace up a pair of skates as well as being a quintessential suburban dad. Since Stan no longer can share his stories, the Mikitas opened their hearts to talk about what kind of father he was, how fatherhood shaped his game and how the game shaped him.

You can read the full story in the Daily Herald's edition from Sunday, June 19, 2016, or online at dailyherald.com.

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