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Blackhawks set to honor Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita

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By Ben Meyer-Abbott bmeyer-abbott@suntimes.com
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The Blackhawks will unveil statues of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita outside the United Center in a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday before the team's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

The two Hockey Hall-of-Famers have become ambassadors for the team in recent years after previously having had a falling out with the organization.

"They've been awesome to the organization, to us [the players] and I think they've probably had a blast the last couple years too," Patrick Kane said. "I'm sure tonight will be pretty special for them."

Mikita is the all-time career leader in assists, points and games for the Hawks, and was a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup champions. He was the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

Also a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup champions, Hull spent 15 years in a Blackhawks uniform and ranks first in franchise history in goals and second in games played and points. He won two Hart Trophies and has his number retired as well.

"They deserve it no question," Hossa said. "They're idols for lots of players and not just [fans]. It's just great to see."

The ceremony will be carried live on WGN TV and radio at 7 p.m.

"It's a great honor, it's very well deserved," Joel Quenneville said. "Those guys should be very proud being out there. Every time somebody comes into the building, they get a chance to visit with Stan and Bobby and visit their memories of what they meant whatever the stages of their lives were when they came and watched the Blackhawks play or see them around Chicago today.

"These guys are great ambassadors for our team and now they'll go down in history here at the building."

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