Famed Chicago Blackhawks player and two-time NHL MVP Bobby Hull passed away at the age of 84-years-old.
Hull’s son, Brett Hull confirmed his father’s passing saying, “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of my dad, Bobby Hull. Throughout his 84 years, he gave my family — and everyone he met — a tremendous amount of great memories. Those of us who were lucky enough to spend time with him will cherish those forever.”
Hull added, “Thank you to everyone that has reached out to share their condolences and their memories of my dad. He will be greatly missed.”
As of now, no further details regarding how or where Hull passed have been disclosed, but as soon as his passing was confirmed, hockey fans immediately went online to express their sadness for the former MVP’s passing
“We are saddened by the passing of Blackhawks legend, the Golden Jet— Bobby Hull,” the Chicago Blackhawks posted to their official Twitter account Monday after the news had broke.
“The NHL Alumni Association is deeply saddened to learn that Bobby Hull has passed away at the age of 84,” tweeted The NHL Alumni Association.
“Bobby began his NHL career with the Blackhawks in 1957,” they continued. “He would go on to play 15 seasons with the team, one season with Winnipeg, and another with Hartford, amounting to 1,063 regular-season games.”
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“Hull was a driven player who always gave fans a memorable experience at every game and brought them to their feet. In his retirement, ‘The Golden Jet’ was never in a rush to sign every autograph as an ambassador for the Blackhawks, one of his favourite accomplishments,” they continued.
“Bobby was a 3x Art Ross Trophy winner, Lester Patrick Trophy winner, 2x Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, Stanley Cup Champion, Hockey Hall of Famer, and one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players,” NHL Alumni noted.
“We send our deepest condolences to Bobby’s family, friends, former teammates, and Blackhawks organization during this very difficult time,” the post concluded.
“When Bobby Hull wound up to take a snapshot, fans throughout The NHL rose to their feet in anticipation and opposing goaltenders braced themselves,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement regarding Hull’s passing. “During his prime, there was no more prolific goal-scorer in all of hockey.
“We send our deepest condolences to his son, fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Brett; the entire Hull family; and the countless fans around the hockey world who were fortunate enough to see him play or have since marveled at his exploits.”
Hull’s slapshot was famed for its power with Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall saying in 1965, “There are days when you just step aside and leave the door wide open. It is a simple matter of self-preservation.”
Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz also remembered Hull saying, “Bobby Hull will always be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time. He was a beloved member of the Blackhawks family. When I assumed leadership of the organization upon my father’s passing in 2007, one of my first priorities was to meet with Bobby to convince him to come back as an ambassador of the team.”
“His connection to our fans was special and irreplaceable. On behalf of the entire Wirtz family, I offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. He will be missed,” Wirtz added.