Bobby Hull, nicknamed “The Golden Jet”, is an immortal hockey legend. His overpowering slap shot led the Point Anne native from Belleville Minor Hockey to the NHL with the Chicago Black Hawks, and the World Hockey Association with the Winnipeg Jets, finishing with a brief stint with the Hartford Whalers in the 1969-70 season.
In the NHL, Hull won the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice, the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer 3 times, the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct in 1965, and the Stanley Cup in 1960-61. In the WHA, he won the Gary Davidson Trophy as league MVP twice, and the AVCO Cup-League Championship Trophy two times. He was a First All Star 13 times, and reached the 50 goal plateau 10 times in his career. In 1972, he left Chicago for the fledgling WHA and Winnipeg Jets, lending credibility to the new league, and opening the door for many pro hockey players. In 1974, on a line with Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg, he scored 77 goals in 78 games. He won the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the United States in 1969, and was named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1965 and 1966.