Stan Mikita has cancer, good prognosis

Former Chicago Blackhawks' star and current team ambassador Stan Mikita has stage one oral cancer, the team announced on Tuesday.

"Stan has been diagnosed with an early base of tongue cancer and the prognosis is excellent. He will be treated with external beam radiation therapy," Dr. Richard Borrowdale said in a statement.

The cancer is considered treatable and non-life threatening.

Mikita played for the Blackhawks from 1958 to 1980 and is the franchise career points' leader with 1,467. He serves as a team ambassador along with former Blackhawks legends Denis Savard and Bobby Hull.

He won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1967 and 1968 with Chicago. Mikita is also the first player in NHL history to win the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng trophies in the same season in 1966-67.

The nine-time All-Star had his No. 21 retired by the team in 1980.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.