Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Updated: February 17, 12:43 PM ET
Golden Jet scores 500th goal
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Feb. 21, 1970
Bobby Hull always seems to score a milestone goal against the New York Rangers. His first 50-goal season came with a goal against Gump Worsley in 1962 and when he became the first NHL player to score more than 50 in 1966, the 51st was scored against Cesare Maniago.
Tonight, in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-2 victory over the Rangers, the Golden Jet becomes the third player to score 500 career goals, joining Rocket Richard and Gordie Howe in the exclusive club. Hull, 31 and playing in his 861st game, is given credit for No. 499 when a shot caroms off his skate and past goalie Eddie Giacomin in the second period.
Later in the period, Hull, standing on the left side of the crease, slams No. 500 past Giacomin. The crowd of 18,000 in Chicago Stadium gives the 13-year veteran a two-minute ovation. Hull will finish his NHL career with 610 goals in 1,063 games.