Talking about the death of his long-time friend and teammate Stan Mikita, Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull noted that only six players remain from their 1960-61, Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.
He’s right, of course. Hull met Mikita in 1955 and he knows statistics. Mikita has joined a list of departed that includes Eddie Litzenberger, Pierre Pilote, Al Arbour, Murray Balfour and Reggie Fleming. There were 19 players on that team. Among the half-dozen remaining are Saskatchewan natives Glenn Hall and Bill Hay. Hull also noted that their names, along with those of Gordie Howe and Rocket Richard, will no longer be on the Stanley Cup as the trophy’s rings are regularly being removed to make room for the newest winners.
As the NHL players from the 1950s started disappearing over the last decade, it was such a long time ago that it seemed like natural attrition. Now it’s the famous players and teams from the 1960s. That’s not so long ago, is it?