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Bobby Hull (January 3, 1939 - )

Athlete/Hockey
Inducted 1989

It was a great day for Winnipeg in 1972, when Ben Hatskin signed Bobby Hull to a Winnipeg Jets Hockey contract. This signing made the upstart World Hockey Association (WHA) legitimate. Many star players followed Robert Marvin Hull from the National Hockey League (NHL) to the ranks of the WHA. The Winnipeg Jets team was comprised of a few home town returnees, some minor leaguers, six quality pros, including two goaltenders, Joe Daley and Ernie Wakely, and of course "The Golden Jet". Hull never complained about the lack of talent, he just played harder himself. In 1974 when Europeans Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg and Lars-Erik Sjoberg joined the team, goals became objets d'art. The line of Hull, Hedberg and Nilsson demonstrated the game as it could be played - beautifully, with speed and finesse and little violence.

During his seven years in Winnipeg, Hull scored 303 goals and had 335 assists, helping the Jets to win three Avco Cup Championships. In 1974-75 he scored 50 goals in 50 games en route to a 77 goal season. In 60 career WHA playoff games, Hull scored 43 goals, 37 assists for 80 points. He was named to the WHA first all-star team 5 times and the WHA Most Valuable Player on two occasions. He also played in the 1974 Canada-Russia series. Hull, always a crusader for fair play, and a great human being, spent many, many hours signing autographs, posing for pictures and visiting hospitals.

In 1988 the Winnipeg Jets honoured Bobby Hull by retiring his sweater and he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, the NHL Hockey Halls of Fame and the Order of Canada.

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