The Greatest Chicago Blackhawks of All-Time countdown has made it to 21, and today we talk about the third greatest Hull in the family and second greatest to play for the Chicago Blackhawks.
If you rank the Hulls, Bobby Hull is by far the greatest of them all, but his son Brett is a pretty close second. Dennis the little brother of Bobby would be the third greatest Hull to play in the NHL, and he had a very solid NHL career all with the Blackhawks.
Dennis Hull made it to the Chicago Blackhawks roster at the age of 20 in 1964 and after a couple of years finally started playing pretty good hockey. He was a 4 time 30 goal scorer throughout his career and he hit 40 once, but he always played under the cover of the Bobby Hull shadow.
In the 1970-71 season, Dennis had one of his best seasons scoring 40 goals and picking up 26 assists. That as you remember is the year that the Chicago Blackhawks fell one goal short of the Stanley Cup, losing to the Montreal Canadiens in 7 games on home ice at Chicago Stadium.
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When you look back at old time hockey, the one thing I do miss is naming of lines which doesn’t happen in Chicago anymore because Joel Quenneville will change them within a period. The thing is one of the famous lines of the 70’s included Hull, Pit Martin, and Jim Pappin when they made up the M.P.H. line.
The M.P.H. line really took over a lot of the scoring when Bobby Hull left for the WHA. Dennis Hull scored 90 points without his brother around and helped the Hawks advance to another Stanley Cup Final in 73 only to lose again to the Canadiens.
Hull ended up scoring 298 goals and 640 points during his 13 year, 904 game playing career. Hull may have always been in the shadow, but he really was a good player in his own right.
After leaving the NHL, Hull became a very successful speaker and is rumored to be one of the funnier people out there to listen to.
Only 21 days left until the season starts (or 3 Weeks) I can’t wait!