Flags at half-staff for Stan Mikita

You may have noticed flags flying at half-staff at St Catharines facilities.

It's in memory of Stan Mikita.

The NHL Hall of Famer and St. Catharines hockey star died yesterday at the age of 78 after a lengthy illness.

Mikita, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983, led the Blackhawks (then the Black Hawks) to a Stanley Cup title in 1961 and won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1967 and 1968.
     
He was also named to Canada's team for the 1972 Summit Series, but was limited to two games due to injury.
     
Mikita was born in the Slovak Republic in 1940, but moved from Czechoslovakia to St. Catharines as a young boy.