Bobby Hull, a 12-time All-Star and two-time Hart Trophy winner, has died, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday. He was 84 years old.
"We send our deepest condolences to the Hull family," the team said in a statement. “The Hull family has asked for privacy at this difficult time. They appreciate the compassion that has been shown to them.”
Known as the Golden Jet during his playing career for his blond hair and speed on the ice, Hull became popular in Chicago for teaming with Stan Mikita to help the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and end a 23 years old. . .
Hull followed Mikita's lead and became known in the 1960s for curling his wooden blade and having one of the most feared slap shots in the league. His shot was timed at 118 mph.
He played 15 seasons in Chicago and is the franchise's career scoring leader with 604 goals. For eight of those seasons, he played alongside his brother Dennis, who scored 298 goals with the Blackhawks. Bobby Hull won two Hart Memorial Trophies as the league's Most Valuable Player in 1964-65 and 1965-66 when he won the NHL title for the third time in his career.
Bobby Hull has 610 goals and 560 assists in 1,063 NHL regular season games. In addition to his two Hart Trophies, he won the championship-leading Art Ross Trophy three times and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1965 for outstanding sportsmanship.
Although Hull played on the ice, he struggled with legal and family issues in his personal life.
He has been accused of domestic violence by two of his three wives. His second wife, figure skater Joanne McKay, claimed he held her on a balcony in Hawaii and hit her with a shoe in 1966 and threatened her with an armed combatant in 1978. His third wife , Deborah, brought charges after the 1984 incident, but later dropped them. However, Hull later pleaded guilty to striking an officer during his arrest and was sentenced to a $150 fine and six months of court supervision.
Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull has died at the age of 84
Bobby Hull, one of the National Hockey League's superstars of the 1960s, whose blond hair, quick shots and furious offensive runs earned him the nickname "Golden Jet," died Monday. He was 84 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks, for whom Hull played 15 seasons, (Bobby Hull) announced his death but did not say where he died or the cause.
Hull's upper body power has resulted in a fearsome shot that has been clocked anywhere from 97 to 120 mph over the years. Glenn Hall, a Blackhawks goaltender who faced Hull in practice, once said, “The idea wasn't to stop the thing, it was to not get killed.
Rangers goalkeeper Ed Giacomin told the New York Times in 1988 that Hull's shot "went up or down. You stopped when you should have swerved.