If he had stayed with the Chicago Blackhawks instead of going to the WHA he would be right there with Wayne Gretzky for the all-time leading scorer in NHL history, but Bobby Hull is still the best goal scorer to ever wear the Chicago Blackhawks jersey.
Bobby Hull reached the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1957-58 season, and he wasn’t exactly the Golden Jet to start his career off. He scored 13 times with 34 assists to finish 2nd in the Calder race behind a Winger from Toronto who would join in him at the Hockey Hall of Fame by the name of Frank Mahovlich.
Hull wouldn’t really reach his full potential right away, but the potential for greatness was always there, and then before he would become an NHL Superstar, Hull along with his young teammates would do the improbable and win the 1961 Stanley Cup.
With so much youth and young talent on the team, and only 5 other teams in the NHL, you would think that the Hawks would have won multiple Cups in that era but they always came up short to the Montreal Canadiens.
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Hull became a household name the year following the Stanley Cup when he did something nobody had ever done in a Blackhawks jersey which is score 50 goals in a season. Hull would go on to score 50 or more goals 5 different times with the Chicago Blackhawks as he marched to a grand total of 604 goals while playing for the Hawks which still stands today as the franchise record.
The Hawks were a fun team to watch that’s for sure, and when I ever ask my Dad who is favorite Blackhawks player to watch was, it’s always Hull. He said there was just something about the Golden Jet skating down the wing, blasting his huge slap shot past the goalie.
Of course the reason why Hull ended up leaving Chicago for the Winnipeg Jets of the new WHA was because the Wirtz’s were cheap and Hull felt underpaid and underappreciated. All it took was a $1 million dollar signing bonus (which was really big money back then) to get him to leave the Blackhawks.
The Golden Jet could have been the greatest Blackhawk ever but he took the money and ran with it so he’s #3 on my list!
Only 3 short days until the season begins!