HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER BOBBY HULL TO UN-RETIRE
NO. 9 JERSEY FOR SON BRETT HULL TO WEAR
PRIOR TO COYOTES HOME OPENER ON OCT. 8 VS. MINNESOTA
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes organization will un-retire No. 9 -- which was previously retired by the Coyotes when they were the Winnipeg Jets in honor of Hall of Famer Bobby Hull - in a pre-game ceremony at the Coyotes' home opener on Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota at Glendale Arena. By so doing, Bobby's son Brett Hull will wear the same No. 9 jersey with the Coyotes for the balance of his NHL career.
Both Bobby Hull and Brett Hull will take part in the ceremony on Oct. 8. Brett's legendary father Bobby made No. 9 famous while playing for the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks. The No. 9 was retired by the Winnipeg Jets franchise on February 19, 1989 in a ceremony at the Winnipeg Arena in honor of Bobby Hull, who played for the Jets from 1972-1979. Hull played his last game for the Jets on December 12, 1979 in Quebec City versus the Nordiques. The No. 9 had remained as a retired number by the Phoenix Coyotes franchise since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996. Hull's No. 9 jersey was also retired by the Chicago Blackhawks although it is not being un-retired by the Blackhawks.
"No doubt, it was an honor for the Winnipeg Jets organization to formally retire Bobby Hull's jersey at center ice in 1989," said Barnett. "Deservedly, no player has worn No. 9 for this franchise since that evening in Winnipeg. It is no less of an honor that Bobby Hull has happily agreed to temporarily un-retire his famous No. 9 in order for his son Brett to further enhance the image of the Hull name and the No. 9. All hockey fans, and particularly our fans in Phoenix, will surely enjoy watching Brett Hull perform while paying tribute each night to his father."
Bobby and Brett form the NHL's all-time highest scoring father/son combination and are the only father/son duo to each record 600 goals. Brett is also the nephew of former Chicago Blackhawk All-Star left wing Dennis Hull.
"My brothers and sister and I grew up watching my dad, wearing No. 9, have success as an NHL player," said Brett Hull. "My children have seen those same images of their grandfather. Thanks to my dad today, I look forward to my kids being able to see me play with that same No. 9. I'll wear it proudly."
Bobby Hull played 411 games for the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association from 1972-1978, collecting 303-335-638. Hull also played one season in the NHL with the Jets (1978-79), recording 4-6-10 in 18 games. In 16 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and Hartford Whalers, Hull registered 610-560-1,170 in 1,063 games. He scored 50-or-more goals nine times and 80-or-more points 13 times. Hull also collected 100-or-more points five times.
"I am very proud to have Brett wear the same number (9) for the Phoenix Coyotes that I wore for the Winnipeg Jets," said Bobby Hull. "My years in Winnipeg were some of the fondest and most memorable of my career. We had great teams and we won championships. Brett has had an incredible career and I look forward to seeing him attempt to bring a championship to the Coyotes while wearing my number."
The Coyotes signed Brett Hull as a free agent on Aug. 6, 2004. The 18-year NHL veteran is the NHL's active goal-scoring leader and currently ranks third on the NHL's all-time goal scoring list with 741 goals. In the history of the NHL, only Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801) have scored more goals than Hull who is 60 goals shy of catching Howe. Hull has also scored 103 playoff goals, which ranks 4th on the NHL's all-time list, trailing only Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri.
The 5-foot-11, 203 pound forward has played in 1,264 games in his NHL career with Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas and Detroit, scoring 741 goals, 649 assists and 1,390 points. In 202 playoff games, Hull has scored 103 goals, 87 assists and 190 points. He has won two Stanley Cup Championships in his career (1999 with Dallas and 2002 with Detroit), leading his team to victory both times. Hull scored the Cup-winning goal with Dallas in triple overtime of Game 6 against Buffalo on June 19, 1999, and while with Detroit in 2002, led the NHL in playoff goals with 10. He has now been to the playoffs for the last 19 consecutive seasons (1986-2004), the NHL's second longest all-time streak, trailing only Larry Robinson (20 straight years from 1973-1992).
Hull has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game an incredible 9 times (1989-94, '96-97, '01). He won the Hart Trophy in 1991 as the NHL's Most Valuable Player and was also named MVP of the 1992 NHL All-Star Game. Hull was named as an NHL First Team All-Star 3 times (1990-92) and won the Lady Byng Trophy (as the NHL's most gentlemanly player) in 1990. He has led the NHL in goal scoring three different times (1989-90, '90-91, '91-92).
The Belleville, Ontario native is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the NHL. He has reached the 70-goal plateau three times, the 50-goal plateau five times, the 40-goal plateau eight times and the 30-goal plateau 13 times. In fact, the fewest goals that Hull has scored in a full season is 24 (in 1999-00 with Dallas). Hull has also eclipsed the 100-point plateau on four occasions.
Hull ranks 2nd on the NHL's all-time list in power play goals with 265, trailing only Dave Andreychuk by five power play goals (270). He ranks 3rd on the NHL's all-time list in game winning goals with 110, trailing only Howe (121) and Phil Esposito (118). Hull is 1st on the NHL's all-time playoff list in power play goals (38) and tied for 1st on the NHL's all-time playoff list in game winning goals (24). He is 18th on the NHL's all-time points list (7th among active players), 48th on the all-time assists list (16th among active players) and 43rd on the all-time games played list (11th among active players). Hull also ranks 6th on the NHL's all-time playoff points list (1st among active players), 15th on the all-time games played list (3rd among active players) and T-28th on the all-time playoff assists list (T-9th among active players). His .510 goal-per-game playoff average ranks 15th all-time (among players with at least 20+ career playoff goals). Hull is now 10 points shy of becoming the 17th player in NHL history with at least 1,400 points.
The Coyotes will face the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, October 8 in the 2005-06 home opener at Glendale Arena. Game time is 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, please call 480-563-PUCK (7825), or visit www.phoenixcoyotes.com.