Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita was a lesson in greatness Stan Mikita was very active in charity work after he retired, particularly in bringing the game of hockey to the hearing inpaired and other players with disabilities. I met him (and some other BlackHawks players) at several charity events over the years and he was always gracious with his time and friendly to everyone. My brother's men's league team played against Mikita's team in a charity game and it was interesting to see someone who had been retired from the NHL for several decades actually play with more energy and intensity than the 20 and 30 year olds on my brother's team. I was in attendence at the Chicago Stadium when Mikita scored his 500th career goal. The place was notoriously loud ("Remember the roar"), but the thunderous applause on this occasion was profound. I'm not the type of person to revere famous athletes or entertainers but I've always had a huge amount of respect for Stan the Man. RIP.