Stan Mikita’s brain disorder blocking his hockey memories

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from winning another Stanley Cup championship.

But one of the team's ambassadors can't enjoy it, because he doesn't know its happening.

Hall of Famer Stan Mikita spent his entire 22-year NHL career in Chicago.

He's now 75 and suffers from a brain disorder called Lewy body.

The disorder can lead to dementia, hallucinations, and memory loss.

Mikita's wife, Jill, tells the Chicago Tribune, "His mind is completely gone. I don't like to use that term, but there's no other way to describe it."

"He doesn't know he's missing out. He has no idea."

Since January, Mikita has been spending most of his days at a facility that keeps his body healthy.

But he has no recollection of his playing career, and he's unable to care for himself.

"I pray everyday that he goes because this is no quality of life. There is no dignity," said Mikita's daughter Jane.

Mikita is the Blackhawks' all-time leading scorer.

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4 comments

  • Calvin

    Awful thing to watch a family member go like this. Havent seen the league address the problems of these guys from the pre helmet days

  • Teri

    I am truly sorry for what your family is enduring. We lost our father to Lewy Body and it is a devastating disease. And I understand your hope that he goes quickly and that he and your family are spared a prolonged illness. I wish you peace and comfort during this time.