Hockey legend Bobby Hull, a Stanley Cup winner and 12-time All-Star who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and Hartford Whalers, has died. He was 84 years old.
No cause of death was given.
The NHL Alumni Association announced his death on Monday.
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«The NHL Alumni Association is deeply saddened to learn that Bobby Hull has passed away at the age of 84,» the organization tweeted. «Bobby began his NHL career with the @NHLBlackhawks in 1957. He played 15 seasons with the team, one season with Winnipeg and one season with Hartford, totaling 1,063 regular season games.
«Hull was a driven player who always gave fans a memorable experience at every game and put them on their feet. In his retirement, «The Golden Jet» was never in a rush to sign every autograph as a Blackhawks ambassador, one of his accomplishments. favorites.
«Bobby was a 3-time Art Ross Trophy winner, Lester Patrick Trophy winner, 2-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, Stanley Cup Champion, Hockey Hall of Fame Member, and one of the Top 100 players in the @NHL.
«We send our deepest condolences to Bobby’s family, friends, former teammates and the Blackhawks organization during this very difficult time.»
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FOX 32 Chicago reported Hull’s death, citing sources. A sports marketing group Hull had worked with in the past for autograph sessions also reported his death in a Facebook post.
«It is with great sadness that we report that our longtime friend Bobby Hull has passed away, just weeks after his 84th birthday,» AM Sports Marketing Group wrote. «We’ve been lucky enough to hang out with Bobby many times over the years, many stories, a few cigars, and many bottles of dirty red.
«We have met many legends of the sport over the years. There was a great storyteller and a man who enjoyed being with his fans until his last days. A man who would share a story or three with anyone who asked him about hockey and his amazing life.» story of coming from nothing to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
«We will never forget Robert Marvin Hull. He was The Legend.»
The Blackhawks, Jets or NHL did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The Hockey Hall of Famer became a superstar once he got his legs under him at age 19 for the Blackhawks. He played 15 years in Chicago and was a constant on the NHL All-Star Team. He won the Art Ross Trophy three times as the league leader in points and the Hart Trophy twice as league MVP.
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He helped lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup title in 1961.
Hull made waves when he jumped to the World Hockey Association to play for the Jets after being unhappy with his NHL salary. He signed a 10-year contract worth nearly $2 million and received a $1 million signing bonus.
The NHL also names a rule in his honor. Bobby Hull’s rule banned curved blades for fear they would injure goalies.
Hull had several children with his first wife, Joanne: Bobby Jr., Blake, Brett, Bart, and Michelle. Brett Hull won a silver medal for the USA at the 2002 Olympics. He played in the NHL from 1985 to 2006. Bart Hull played college football and professionally in the CFL. Bobby Jr. and Blake each played in the Canadian Hockey Leagues and Michelle was a figure skater.
Bobby Hull had a daughter, Jessica, with his second wife, Claudia, and another daughter, Beth, with a Canadian woman.
He finished his career as the Blackhawks’ all-time leading scorer and second in career goals in the WHA.
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He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. in 1983.