Hawks to honor Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will unveil statues of team greats Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in an outdoor ceremony before the team takes on the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 22, the team announced Saturday.

The bronze life-sized statues, which have been sculpted by the Rotblatt/Amrany Fine Art Studio, will be located on the northeast plaza outside of the United Center near Madison Street.

Mikita is Chicago's career leader in assists, points and games played and helped the team capture the Stanley Cup in 1961. He earned four Art Ross Trophies and two Hart and Lady Byng Trophies, and he had his No. 21 jersey retired on Oct. 21, 1980, the first in franchise history.

Hull spent 15 years in a Blackhawks uniform and ranks first in franchise history in goals and second in games played and points. He helped Chicago win the 1961 Stanley Cup and also collected two Hart Trophies and one Lady Byng Trophy.

Both former Hawks are employed by the organization as team ambassadors.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.