Throwback Thursday: Dennis Hull

By Josh Brink
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Bobby Hull and Dennis Hull pose for a photo both missing a couple of front teeth.

Dennis Hull’s NHL career really took off in the 1966-67 season when he played in all 70 games and he scored 25 goals with 17 assists at the age of 22. As I had stated earlier Dennis was overshadowed by his brother, in his 1968-69 season Dennis hit the 30 goal plateau however Bobby Hull went even higher scoring 58 goals. During the 1970-71 season Dennis probably had the best season of his career with 40 goals and 26 assists nearly topping Bobby in goals who had 40 but fell short. He continued his solid play into the playoffs and nearly won the Conn Smythe word has it. Dennis Hull was quoted saying the following: “In 1971, the press decided to vote for the Conn Smythe Trophy just prior to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. It was secretly decided that if Chicago had won, I would get the award because I led the league in playoff points. If Montreal won, Ken Dryden would get it. We lost the game – and I lost the Conn Smythe – in the third period.” (Quote courtesy of

The 1971-72 season was the last year that brothers Dennis and Bobby would play together due to Bobby leaving for the WHL and a larger salary the following year. Dennis played on hard and reached his all-time best point plateau with 39 goals and 51 assists for a solid 90 points during the 1972-73 season but he could not do it all for the team to win a cup. The Blackhawks played Montreal in the Finals once again but fell short without Bobby.

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Dennis continued to have decent numbers over the next several years but they were not what they used to be with the team in his prime. Looking to get a fresh start, on December 2, 1977     the Blackhawks traded away Dennis Hull to the Detroit Red Wings for Detroit’s 4th round choice (Carey Wilson) in 1980 Entry Draft. He played one season with the Red Wings before hanging up the skates for good. Following retirement from hockey he pursued a career as an educator, athletic director, and still today works as a great public speaker.

Notable accomplishments:

  • OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1964)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1973)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)

Any Dennis Hull fans out there on Throwback Thursday? Let me know what your thoughts are or any specific memories you may have in the comments below! I never had the chance to see him on the ice but the videos that are out there sure are neat.

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