Apr 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A view of the Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita statues outside of the United Center before game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On December 18, 1983 at Chicago Stadium the Chicago Blackhawks retired #9 and lifted it to the rafters to never be worn again by any future Chicago Blackhawk. Bobby Hull played 15 seasons for the Blackhawks breaking into the NHL in 1957 and played with the Hawks until he left in 1972.
During his time with the Hawks he would be a fan favorite and everytime I ask my Dad who was his favorite Blackhawk growing up his first answer was always #9! Bobby Hull holds most of the Chicago Blackhawks scoring records or he’s in the top 3 of major scoring categories.
The Golden Jet scored 604 goals 549 assists and only 1 of 3 Hawks with over 1,000 points with 1,153. Hull and Stan Mikita are the only two Hawks to play over 1,000 games in a Blackhawks jersey.
Hull won the Art Ross trophy 3 times, Hart Trophy twice, and the Lady Byng once.
Hull lifted the Stanley Cup once in 1961 which has to be the only flaw that a team that had so much talent could never break through more than once.
One of the great things that Rocky Wirtz did when he took over the reigns of the franchise was bring back the Hawks greats and in 2008 Bobby Hull was named Blackhawks ambassador.
What is your favorite memory of #9? On this date 30 years ago Hull’s jersey was retired to the old Chicago Stadium rafters!