Chicago Blackhawk hockey legend Stan Mikita had a devoted and unusual fan in Hollywood — diehard Toronto Maple Leafs supporter and “Wayne’s World” star Mike Myers.
Myers wrote Mikita into the 1992 comedy, including the fictional Stan Mikita’s Donuts in Aurora, Illinois, where Wayne (Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) hung out. A giant Mikita stood ready on the roof and the waitresses wore Chicago Blackhawks sweaters with Mikita’s 21 number.
Myers paid tribute to Mikita who died at 78 Tuesday.
“He was a hockey legend and a gentleman. Meeting him was one of the highlights,” Myers said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Myers recalled that Mikita kindly agreed to allow his likeness to be used in his first film and visited the set.
“I was humbled in his presence. I didn’t know what to say, because I get very star-struck around hockey players. It was just a fantastic experience,” Myers told Sports Illustrated in 2017, adding it was “a dream come true to have Stan Mikita be part of it, part of my life.”
“He just looked like a hockey player, you know what I mean? Just an awesome, awesome hockey player,” Myers added.
Mikita had a cameo in the film, and the addition of Stan Mikita’s Donuts seemed like destiny.
“It’s just one of those things. You couldn’t imagine it not being Stan Mikita’s Donuts. Sometimes when you just wish it, you know that it’s right, the universe rewards, you know? Which is very lovely,” said Myers. “It’s a little like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ where it’s like, ‘Yeah, it’s got to be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’’ It has to be Stan Mikita.”
Even growing up in the Toronto suburbs, Myers admired Mikita who spent his 22-year Hall of Fame career, from 1958 to 1980, with the Blackhawks. Mikita was particularly tough playing against his Leafs.
“There were certain teams and players that we liked to call defoliants, i.e., they would destroy the Leafs. Stan Mikita was one of those guys who seemed to always score a clutch goal against us,” Myers told Sports Illustrated. “He’d often get a Gordie Howe hat trick—a goal, an assist and a fight. We just wished he played for the Leafs, basically.”
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