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Blackhawks Top 100- #16 Dennis Hull

By Keith Schultz

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We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.

Dennis Hull- 1964-1977

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The Hull family name and the Blackhawks were outstanding in the 60’s and 70’s with Bobby headlining the show, but Dennis was a solid player in his own right playing over 900 games wearing a Blackhawks jersey.

Dennis Hull was a solid tw0-way player that covered all 200 feet of ice while being a very good scorer scoring 40 goals once and over 30 goals 3 times during his long stay with Chicago.  Hull credits Billy Reay for his career having both came to the Hawks at the same time in 64 and exited the team at the same time in the late 70’s.

Hull was part of the MPH line with Jim Pappin and Pit Martin for nearly 8 seasons and although it wasn’t the Blackhawks top line it was a great line and one of the reasons the Blackhawks were able to reach the Stanley Cup Finals 3 times between 1965 and 1973.

What Hull could do is perform during the playoffs.  He would have been the Conn Smythe trophy winner in 1971 if Tony Esposito could have kept the puck out of the net in Game #7 of the 1971 Stanley Cup Finals third period.  The story is told that the Conn Smythe trophy in those days included a new car (which was huge in the 70’s when players didn’t make today’s mind boggling dollars) and in the 72 preseason a Canadiens player told Hull that Ken Dryden‘s car was running great.

Hull since leaving hockey without a Stanley Cup has been a speaker and is a very funny one at that, but his career wasn’t funny without a Cup although he was a long time Blackhawks player that excelled even in the shadow of the Golden Jet.

What do you think too low or too high for Dennis Hull?

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