Dennis Hull

Dennis William Hull (born November 19, 1944) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played most of his career for the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League. He is the brother of Bobby Hull and uncle of Brett Hull and Bart Hull.

Dennis Hull
Hull in 1977
Born (1944-11-19) November 19, 1944
Point Anne, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
Playing career 19641978


As a player, he was in the shadow of his older brother Bobby Hull, where they were both teammates on the Chicago Black Hawks for eight seasons.

Dennis emerged as a star player on his own, scoring over 300 goals in his own right, and earning the nickname "the Silver Jet" (Bobby was known as "the Golden Jet").

When Bobby was excluded from the 1972 Summit Series because he played in the WHA, Dennis initially planned to boycott the event as well as a show of support for his brother, but Bobby persuaded him to stay on Team Canada. During the series, Hull took over for Vic Hadfield at the left wing position on the New York Rangers "Goal A Game" line with Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, managing two goals and two assists in four games.

He was named a Second Team All-Star and played in five NHL All-Star Games. His best years were as part of the "MPH" (pun on 'miles per hour' using each player's last initials) line with centre Pit Martin and right wing Jim Pappin. The line was considered one of the better units in the NHL in the early to mid-1970s. He recorded seasons of 40, 30, 39 and 29 goals from 1971 through 1974. His best season was in 1973 when he recorded 39 goals and 51 assists for 90 points. He was instrumental in Chicago's appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals that season. Hull led the team with 9 goals and 15 assists for 24 points, finishing second in playoff scoring that season.

He played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, with the Chicago Black Hawks (1964-1977) and Detroit Red Wings (1977–78).

After Hockey

Upon retirement as a player, he became a broadcaster, as well as an educator, returning to St. Catharines, Ontario, where he played Ontario Hockey League Junior hockey (St. Catharines Teepees 1960-1964), to study at Brock University, graduating with a degree in History and Physical Education. He then taught at Ridley College and then became Athletic Director of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Recently, he has been noted as a public speaker and comedian, and continues to operate a cattle farm raising Polled Hereford with his brother Gary in Northumberland County, Ontario. He has written a book entitled "The Third Best Hull" (ECW Press) which contains entertaining and often hilarious memoirs of his hockey career. Hull became good friends with Soviet goaltending legend Vladislav Tretiak, whom he had played against during the 1972 Summit Series, recalling "I told Tretiak that he's become famous for letting in [Henderson's] goal...I said to him that 'if you had stopped it, you'd probably be a cab driver in Moscow today.' "

Accomplishments and awards

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61St. Catharines TeepeesOHA-Jr.4764103360112
1961–62St. Catharines TeepeesOHA-Jr.50612182920000
1962–63St. Catharines Black HawksOHA-Jr.5019294873
1963–64St. Catharines Black HawksOHA-Jr.55484997123124111550
1964–65Chicago Black HawksNHL55104141860000
1965–66Chicago Black HawksNHL25156630000
1965–66St. Louis BravesCPHL401116271452130
1966–67Chicago Black HawksNHL7025174233601112
1967–68Chicago Black HawksNHL7418153334111346
1968–69Chicago Black HawksNHL7230346425
1969–70Chicago Black HawksNHL761735523185270
1970–71Chicago Black HawksNHL78402666161876132
1971–72Chicago Black HawksNHL783039691084264
1972–73Chicago Black HawksNHL783951902716915244
1973–74Chicago Black HawksNHL7429396815106390
1974–75Chicago Black HawksNHL691621371050220
1975–76Chicago Black HawksNHL802739662840000
1976–77Chicago Black HawksNHL75161733221010
1977–78Detroit Red WingsNHL555914670002
NHL totals 959 303 351 654 261 104 33 34 67 30


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1972 Canada SS 4 2 2 4 4


This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.