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Bobby Hull, Brett Hull two of a kind

Became first father-son tandem to score 50 goals in season on Feb. 6, 1990

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Brett Hull loved to score goals, a passion handed down from his father, Bobby Hull, the prolific goal-scorer for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Last month, father and son stood on the Microsoft Theater stage in Los Angeles, the only father-son combo among the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

"That was the coolest thing, to be a part of it with my dad was something special," Brett Hull said at the conclusion of "The NHL100 presented by GEICO."

What was Brett Hull thinking when he shared the stage with his father and many of the other legends on the 100 greatest players list?

"Just how lucky you are to be a part of it all and to be genetically gifted to do what we did and be a part of such a great sport and to be able to excel at it."

Excel the Hulls did.

Bobby Hull scored 604 goals in an NHL career spent almost entirely with the Blackhawks. He played in Chicago from 1957 to 1972 before departing for the fledgling World Hockey Association, where he scored an additional 303 goals during seven seasons. In 1979-80, Hull finished his career in the NHL with short stints with the Winnipeg Jets and the Hartford Whalers.

Those were going to be tough skates to fill for Brett, but the son found a way.

Video: The Hulls talk about their time in the NHL

"We've been talking about it since I turned pro," Brett Hull said.

Brett Hull finished with 741 goals in a 19-year NHL career that featured stops with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

Bobby and Brett Hull are the only father-son tandem to score more than 50 goals in an NHL season and more than 600 NHL career goals. They are also the only father-son tandem to win the Hart Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy.

The 50-goal mark -- and NHL history -- came for Brett Hull on Feb. 6, 1990 when he scored in a 6-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Membership for father and son in the 50-goals-in-a-season club and the 600-goals-in-a-career club is so unique that it remains hard to put into context.

Video: Memories: Hulls first father-son duo with 50 goals

"That is a tremendous feat, in and of itself, to have father and son standing up there together," said retired defenseman Chris Pronger, also named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. "Bobby being a trailblazer and going to the WHA and all that stuff and his son comes along and scores 700 and something goals, whatever number it is, it's impressive. I can probably say that there is probably not going to be a father-son combo like that again.

"We are here for the Top 100 and you could argue that both of them are probably in the top 20 for what they have been able to accomplish throughout their careers. That's pretty impressive."

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has scored 268 goals in 712 games but has never reached 50 in a season. He is around Bobby Hull, who is an ambassador for the Blackhawks, on a regular basis. He grew up watching Brett Hull torment the League.

"Just seeing their relationship and how Bobby is so fond of Brett and what he did in his career and calls him the greatest goal-scorer ever and the respect they have for each other," Kane said when asked about the Hulls and what they accomplished in the League. "Father, son and each of them scoring so many goals in the NHL is pretty amazing."

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