CHICAGO --The family of Stan Mikita says the Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer has been diagnosed with a suspected brain disorder.
Mikita's family issued a statement Friday saying the 74-year-old is "facing some serious health issues" and has suspected Lewy body dementia. Family members say he is "under the care of compassionate and understanding care givers." They offered no other information on Mikita's condition.
Lewy body dementia is a progressive disease that causes problems with thinking, movement and behavior. There's no known cure, but people can live with the disease for a number of years.
Mikita played his entire 22-year NHL career for the Blackhawks, from 1958 to 1980. He was on the team that won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and amassed 541 goals and 926 assists in 1,394 games.