Stan Mikita made a cameo as himself in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World as the characters often ate at his coffee shop in Aurora, Illinois. On August 2018, Mikita’s family sadly announced that the Blackhawks’ legend had passed away after years of bravely battling dementia with lewy bodies.
More than 10 years after Mikita last took the ice for the Blackhawks he would appear in the movie Wayne’s World as the owner of Stan Mikita’s Donuts. Sadly, the coffee shop is not real. The joke was based on the Canadian coffee shop chain, Tim Horton’s. That chain, which is of course real, was founded by Toronto Maple Leafs legend Tim Horton.
Wayne’s World was the brain child of Toronto native Mike Myers, a keen Maple Leaf fan and hockey fan generally. In 2016, at the NHL All-Star game in Los Angeles, a replica of Stan Mikita’s Donuts was created for fans to dine at. So for a time, the coffee shop was technically real, offering fans free coffee and donuts throughout the all-star weekend.
Myers told TSN in 2016 that Wayne’s World was about transposing his upbringing in Toronto to Chicago. He decided that the diner that Wayne and Garth hung out should be representative of Chicago’s hockey history, not Toronto’s. Myers said Mikita would “allow us to use [his name and likeness] for Stan Mikita’s Donuts, and that he’d come down and be part of the film. 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.”
The coffee shop was recreated again in Aurora, Illinois, in 2017 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World, reported the Chicago Tribune at the time.
In the movie, the coffee shop is managed by Ed O’Neill, now of Modern Family and then of Married With Children fame.
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