Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Statues Week: Stan Mikita in Chicago

Statues Week celebrates the beautiful sculptures honoring various people.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Stan Mikita had a Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 22 seasons, Stash played 1,396 games, scoring 541 goals with 926 assists. Mikita retired after the 1979-80 season and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
Mikita's statue sits outside the United Center, along with one of his longtime teammate Bobby Hull. Husband and wife sculptors Omri and Julie Rotblatt Amrany created both statues.The 7-foot-tall statue sits on a five foot granite pedestal. It weighs 1,500 pounds and is made with white bronze with zinc and nickel to give it a silvery look. It also features the Blackhawks' official colors. Mikita's statue was unveiled in October 2011.
I took my picture with the Mikita statue while covering a game at the UC. That explains my tie. My lack of a coat in winter could be because it was unusually warm or I might have left it in the car rather than bring it into the pressbox.
Stan Mikita and me in Chicago, IL-December 2018.

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