On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History

By Keith Schultz

Oct 22, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull is honored with a bronze statues outside of the United Center before the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On December 18, 1983 in old Chicago Stadium, the Chicago Blackhawks retired the greatest goal scorer in team history’s #9, when they raised Bobby Hull’s number up into the rafters of the original madhouse on Madison Street.

Bobby Hull was the first Blackhawk to score 50 goals in a season and is the leader or in the top 3 in all major Blackhawk scoring categories.  He was part of the 1961 Stanley Cup Championship. He is possibly the greatest left wing in the NHL and the only member along with his son Brett, of the MVP of the NHL being awarded to a Father and a Son.

After years of being “separated” from the Hawks family Hull was made a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador along with his longtime teammate Stan Mikita in 2008 with the new regime of Chicago Blackhawks upper management.

A great day for one of the greatest Hawks of all-time.


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