- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 205lbs
- Date of Birth: August 6, 1964
- Birthplace: Belleville, Ontario
- College: University of Minnesota-Duluth
- Draft: 117th overall, Calgary Flames, 1984
- Position: Right Wing
Brett Hull entered professional hockey with large shoes to fill. Hull’s father, Bobby, was an NHL legend and it was expected of Hull to perform at the same level. Many men would falter and even fail under such pressure. However, Hull shouldered his task, worked hard, and emerged in the end with a fantastic career.
Hull was born on April 6, 1964 in Belleville, Ontario. He did not start out his career a child prodigy; he played junior hockey at a level lower than most hockey stars. He ended up being drafted by the Calgary Flames with the 117th overall pick of the 1984 NHL Draft. Before joining the Flames, he played two years for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He joined Calgary for two games during the 1986 playoffs and spent the bulk of the next season (1986-87) playing for Calgary’s minor league team Moncton. Hull was impressive while at Moncton, scoring a league-leading 92 points and winning Rookie of the Year Honors. Hull made it to the NHL for good with Calgary in 1987. He spent the first 52 games with the Flames before being traded to the St. Louis Blues, with whom he would spend the majority of his career.
Hull enjoyed ten successful seasons with the Blues, scoring 100 or more points four times and scoring 80 or more points eight times. He broke out in a big way during the 1990-91 season when he scored 86 goals and 131 total points. That year he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and was voted by his peers to receive the Lester B. Pearson Award. Despite all Hull’s individual success, Calgary was never able to capture the coveted Stanley Cup. Hull became a free agent after the 1997-98 season and decided to sign a deal to play for the Dallas Stars.
Hull and the Stars wasted no time in winning a Stanley Cup, as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres in six games to capture the championship in 1999. After three solid seasons with Dallas, Hull moved again; this time to the Detroit Red Wings in 2001. He spent his last three full seasons with the Red Wings, winning another Stanley Cup in 2002. His final season came with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2005-06, when he played only five games before abruptly retiring.
Even though Hull’s offensive numbers declined towards the end of his career, he was always a consistent and productive hockey player. He finished his career with 1,391 total points, 741 goals (third all-time), and 650 assists. He was an eight-time NHL All-Star, a three-time First Team All-Star, and a two-time Olympian for the United States (1998 and 2002).
Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
- Won AHL Rookie of the Year in 1987 while with the Moncton Golden Flames.
- Two-time Stanley Cup winner: 1999 and 2002.
- Two-time Olympian: 1998 and 2002, both with the U.S.
- Three-time First Team NHL All-Star: 1990-92.
- Played in eight NHL All-Star Games: 1989-90, 1992-94, 1996-97 and 2001.
- 1990 winner of the Lady Byng Trophy.
- 1991 winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy.
- Led the NHL in goals scored three times: 1990-92.
- Ranks third all-time in NHL history with 741 career goals.
- Ranks fourth all-time in NHL history with 33 career hat tricks.
- Ranks first all-time in St. Louis Blues history with 527 career goals.
- Tied for first all-time with 24 playoff game-winning goals.
- Only player in hockey history with 50 or more goals in a season at the minor league, NCAA, NHL levels.
- Scored 50 goals in 50 games twice, behind only Wayne Gretzky (three times).
- Part of the only father-son duo to score 600 career goals.