Saturday, October 8, 2005
Family reunion: Brett Hull wears father Bobby's No. 9
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brett Hull trotted out a No. 9 jersey -- a
number unused by the Winnipeg-Phoenix franchise since his father
left the Jets during the 1979-80 season -- and the Coyotes made
Bobby Hull the first member of their Glendale Arena Ring of Honor
on Saturday night.
The festivities before the game against Minnesota drew rousing
cheers from a standing-room-only crowd attending the Coyotes' home
debut under coach Wayne Gretzky.
Gretzky stayed behind the bench, but Coyotes president Doug Moss
and general manager Mike Barnett welcomed Bobby Hull, known as
"The Golden Jet," on a red carpet at center ice. Brett Hull, who
wore No. 16 his first two games with the franchise, skated to the
gathering, embraced his father, did a pirouette to show off No. 9
and then hugged Bobby again.
"Somewhere in my wildest childhood I must have done something
right," Bobby said between periods. "Being able to make a boyhood
dream come true is one thing, but to have a kid come along and
thrill his dad like Brett Hull has thrilled me over his career is
too much for one guy to handle."
Barnett said the team would begin its ring of honor with the
"Beginning tonight, the legacy of Bobby Hull will live here in
Phoenix," said master of ceremonies Curt Keilback, a Coyotes'
The Hulls are the only father-son combination in NHL history to
each have more than 600 goals.
Brett Hull, who left Detroit to sign with the Coyotes on Aug. 6,
2004, is third on the NHL's career goals list with 741 -- needing 60
to tie Gordie Howe for second behind Gretzky's 894. The 41-year-old
right wing also has scored 103 playoff goals, fourth all-time.
He has 649 assists and 1,390 points in 1,264 regular-season
games, and 87 assists (190 points) in 202 playoff games.
Hull, a sixth-round draft pick of Calgary in 1984 who developed
into a nine-time All-Star, has played for the Flames, St. Louis,
Dallas, the Red Wings and Phoenix. He won Stanley Cups with the
Stars (1999) and Red Wings (2002).
Bobby Hull had 610 goals and 560 assists (1,170 points) in 1,063
games during 16 NHL seasons with Chicago, Winnipeg and Hartford.
Only one of his NHL seasons was with the Jets, who used to belong
to the World Hockey Association.
Bobby Hull had 303 goals and 638 points in 411 games for the
Jets from 1972-1979. Winnipeg retired his number on Feb. 19, 1989,
during its first NHL season. He played his last game with the
Jets on Dec. 12, 1979, after logging four goals and six assists in