Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita will undergo treatment for Stage 1 oral cancer, the team announced Tuesday.
"Stan has been diagnosed with an early base of tongue cancer and the prognosis is excellent," said Richard Borrowdale of Loyola Medical Center, who will be treating Mikita. "He will be treated with external beam radiation therapy."
The center's No. 21 was retired by the Hawks in 1980 and Mikita was named an ambassador for the team in 2008. Mikita, who in the summer is scheduled along with teammate Bobby Hull to have a statue erected in his honor outside the United Center, led the NHL in scoring four seasons and was a two-time winner of the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. The Sokolce, Czechoslavkia, native was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
Blackhawks legend Mikita has oral cancer
Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita (Phil Velasquez/Tribune)