Bobby Hull, a 12-time All-Star and two-time Hart Trophy winner who was also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away on Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks reported. He was 84.
The team released a statement on behalf of the Hull family saying, “We send our deepest sympathies to the Hull family. The Hull Family has requested privacy during this difficult time. They appreciate the sympathies that have been sent their way.”
Also Read| Who was Bobby Hull aka Golden Jet? Hockey Hall of Fame member dies at 84
When Hull departed the Chicago Blackhawks in 1972 to join the Winnipeg Jets in the fledgling World Hockey Association, his slapshot was heard throughout the hockey world. The 1961 Stanley Cup champion, two-time NHL Most Valuable Player, and record-setting goal scorer gave the WHA immediate credibility.
Here’s all you need to know about Bobby Hull:
Bobby Hull’s net worth
Hull has an estimated net worth of $10 million as per celebritynetworth.com
Also Read| Who was Brandon Smiley? Rickey Smiley’s son dies at 32
Bobby Hull’s career
Hull performed admirably in its first season, placing second in the Calder Memorial Trophy. Hull started off as a Black Hawk wearing numbers 16 and 7, but eventually switched to his renowned number 9 as a nod to his idol Gordie Howe. He won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in goals and points by the end of his third season (1959–60), a feat he repeated in 1961–62 and 1965–66. In 1961, he led Chicago to its third overall and first Stanley Cup victory in 23 years. Three more times, he came in second in terms of points scored.
The Golden Jet surpassed his own record of 50 goals as well as those of Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion on March 12, 1966, to become the first NHL player to score more than 50 goals in a season. Following his 51st goal against the New York Rangers’ Cesare Maniago, the Chicago Stadium faithful gave him a seven-minute standing ovation. Hull finally finished the season with 54 goals, the most in a single season during the Original Six period. Hull set the record for the most points in a season that same year with 97, one more than Dickie Moore’s previous mark from seven years prior.
Bobby Hull’s family
Hull’s ancestors came from Slovakia to Canada.
Dennis, Hull’s younger brother, played with him for eight seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks, contributing almost 300 goals of his own. Who had the hardest shot, according to some pundits, was the older brother. Dennis had originally intended to skip the competition and show support for his brother Bobby when Bobby was denied entry to the 1972 Summit Series because he played in the WHA, but Bobby persuaded him to remain on Team Canada.
Also Read| 5 best Barrett Strong songs of all time
Bobby Hull’s relationship
In 1980, Hull and Joanne McKay divorced following a number of abusive events.
He allegedly beat his third wife Deborah following an altercation in 1986, leading to his detention and assault and battery charges. She eventually backed off the accusations. Hull had a love relationship with Claudia Allen. Hull left the Hartford Whalers in 1980 to care for Allen, who had suffered terrible injuries in a car accident. They never got hitched.
With his first wife Joanne, Hull had five kids: Bobby Jr., Blake, Brett, Bart, and Michelle.