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Blackhawks Top 100- #3 Bobby Hull

By Keith Schultz
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May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of a monument of Chicago Blackhawks veteran

Bobby Hull

outside the United Center prior to game time two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Bobby Hull (1957-1972)

Games-1,036

Goals-604

Assists-549

Points-1,153

Penalty Minutes-640

Playoffs

Games-116

Goals-62

Assists-67

Points-129

Penalty Minutes-102

Stanley Cup Champion-1961

When I ask my Dad who his favorite player was when he was a kid there is absolutely no pause it’s always instantly Bobby Hull.  My next question always is why and his answer is always the same because he could do it all and do it all better than everyone else.

Hull was the fastest skater in the NHL with the best and hardest slap shot in the league.  Hull could take a rush from the defensive end and end the rush with the puck in the opponent’s goal.  Hull was the first player in the NHL to break the 50 goal plateau and only one of three Blackhawks to ever exceed that total in a season.

Hull joined the Blackhawks in 57 at the end of an era of really bad hockey in Chicago and in just a few short seasons with his longtime teammate Stan Mikita was able to hoist the Stanley Cup in 1961.  The only disappointing thing is they only won one Cup during their long Blackhawks careers.

In an era of great nicknames the Golden Jet is one of the best ever to be handed out, and Hull deserved all the fame for his play and charisma on and off the ice.

In 1972 Hull left the Hawks for the WHA and scored 300 more career goals and it was all because of money.  Hull is one of the biggest reasons a lot of us are hockey fans because he made it so popular for our parents and grandparents to watch and probably along with Wayne Gretzky the two biggest hockey ambassadors of all-time in the United States.

Hull didn’t really return to the Blackhawks until Rocky Wirtz took over the franchise and he’s been a fixture ever since during the Hawks last two Cup championships.

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