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Sport Hall of Famer Doug Wilson reveals Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita ate raw steaks

03:31  01 july  2020
03:31  01 july  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Stan Mikita , the Chicago Blackhawks ’ undersized but smooth-skating and feisty center who teamed with his fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Hull in the 1960s in reviving a long-floundering franchise while popularizing the curved hockey sticks that changed the game, died on Tuesday. He was 78.

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Hall of Famer Doug Wilson reveals Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita ate raw steaks originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Former Blackhawks defenseman Doug Wilson, elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame after a 24-year wait on Wednesday, joined NHL Network hosts Jackie Redmond and E.J. Hradek on "NHL Now" Tuesday.

Among the topics discussed, Wilson spoke on rooming with Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita as a young player, which led to quite the revelation.

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Stan Mikita , who scored 541 goals and recorded 1,467 points over a stellar 22-year career with the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks , died Tuesday. He was 78. A statement from the Mikita family confirmed his death, but did not give any details on a cause.

NHL legend Stan Mikita — who played for the Chicago Blackhawks for more than two decades — died at the age of 78 on Tuesday, the team confirmed. Throughout his storied tenure with the Blackhawks , Mikita ranked up for than 1,400 points over 1,396 games played from 1958 to 1980

"He became like my second father also for various reasons later in my life, but to go to Chicago as a 19 or 20-year-old kid, to check into the Bismarck hotel and you look over and your roommate is Stan Mikita... I hope he didn't think I was creepy, but I was just staring at him the whole time, 'This can't be real,'" Wilson said on the show.

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"I was fortunate my older brother is probably the best big brother you could ever have. He won four Cups in Montreal and he shared a lot of experiences with me, but the fact that I'm going to room with Stan Mikita all year, still to this day I look back and I go, 'That's incredible.'"

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Then Redmond asked Wilson if Mikita ever cooked for him while the two were roommates.

"This is on the road (when they were roommates), but Stan Mikita never cooked his steaks. He ate his steak raw right out of the bag. So, no, he never cooked for me," Wilson said.

Maybe that was Stan's secret in recording the most points in Blackhawks history (1,467).

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