Bobby HullRobert Marvin Hull
, born January 3
in Pointe Anne, Ontario
, is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey
players to ever play the game.
Nicknamed, "The Golden Jet", Bobby Hull led the Chicago Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup, in 1961, the previous two having been won in 1934 and 1938. Bobby Hull was famous for the speed and accuracy of his 120 mph slap "shot," that many others would soon try to imitate.
In 1966, he became the first NHL player to score more than 50 goals in one season, earning a 7-minute standing ovation for his 51st goal. He played 23 professional seasons in hockey from 1957 to 1980, scoring 672 goals.
His NHL awards:
Bobby Hull won higher salaries for his fellow players, and gave credibility to a new rival league up against the entrenched NHL, when he jumped to the fledgling World Hockey Association
's (WHA) Winnipeg Jets
for an unheard of $1,000,000 a year contract in 1972. Though the league folded in 1979, it was reborn in 2003 and named him as its commissioner - see the New World Hockey Association
In 1998, Hull got involved in a controversy by the Russian media, when he allegedly made pro-Nazi comments. He later claimed the interviewer misunderstood him in the translation.
His son, Brett Hull, plays in the National Hockey League.