Bobby Hull

Career

  • NHL:
    • 1957-72, 1979-80; 16 seasons, 15 quality
    • Totals:
      • 610G (17th All Time), When he departed for the WHA, Hull was 2nd All Time in Goals,[2. Hull is now 17th in Goals]
      • 560A (9th in Assists at his retirement) for
      • 1170P (4th in Points at his retirement),
      • +105[1. Since 1967-68 17th in Plus Minus at his retirement] in
      • 1063 games (25th in Games at his retirement);
      • 135.7 PS
      • How is now 22nd All Time in OPS (3rd in Offensive Point Shares at his retirement)
      • Hull was 1st in GPG and PPG[4.¬†Hull is now 9th All Time in GPG] and 7th in APG when he decamped to the WHA[5. If the qualifier is set to 750 games, 65 qualifying players]
      • Era: Hull is
        • 1st in Goals,[6. Hull is ahead by 141 goals]
        • GPG,[7. Hull is ahead by .13 GPG]
        • Points,
        • PPG,[8. Hull is ahead by .16 PPG]
        • OPS[9. Hull is ahead by 30.5 Offensive Point Shares] and
        • PS,[10. Hull is ahead by 30.8 Point Shares]
        • 4th in Assists and APG, and
        • 3rd in Games[11. Of the 8 players to play in at least 1,000 games between 1957 and 1972]
      • 82-game average: 47G, 43A for 90P
      • 3-year peak (1963-66): 70-game average of 49G, 42A for 91P
    • Playoffs: 62G, 67A for 129P in 119 games[12. Hull held the career lead in playoff PPG in 1971]
    • Adjusted:
    • Hockey Reference:
      • 644G (11th All Time), 595A for 1219A
      • Adjusted 82-game average: 50G, 45A for 94P
      • Left the NHL,[13. Hull left the NHL for the richest contract in hockey history] not protected twice during the NHL expansion draft at the end of his career, traded halfway through his final season.
    • VsX:
  • WHA:
    • 1972-79; 7 seasons, 5 quality
    • 303G (2nd All Time), 335A (6th) for 638P (3rd) in 411 games
    • Hull is 3rd All Time in GPG, 4th in APG and 1st in PPG
    • 82-game average: 61G, 67A for 127P
    • 3-year peak (1974-77): 81-game average of 61G, 72A for 133P, +56
    • Playoffs: 43G, 37A for 80P in 60 games.

Accomplishments

  • Hart (’65, ’66)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting a further seven times (’60, ’62, ’64, , ’67, ’68, ’69, ’71)
  • Top 5 in Calder voting (’58)
  • Back Check MVP (’60, ’66)
  • Back Check Best Player (’62, ’66)
  • Art Ross (’60, ’62, ’66)
  • Lady Byng (’65)
  • Top 5 Player[14. By Point Shares] seven times (’60, ’62, ’64, ’66, ’67, ’68, ’69), Top 10 (’65, ’71, ’72) ten times
  • Best Offensive Player[15. By Offensive Point Shares] five times (’60, ’62, ’64, ’66, ’67), Top 5 nine times (’65, ’68, ’69, ’71), Top 10 twelve times (’63, ’70, ’72)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Set the single-season record in Goals, [28. Hull tied the single-season record in Goals, broke it four years later, and a couple years later broke it again]
      • led the league in Goals seven times,
      • Top 5 twelve times,
      • Top 10 thirteen times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in GPG eight times,
      • Top 5 eleven times,
      • Top 10 thirteen times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Scored 55 goals once,[16. 1 of only 2 players at his departure to the WHA]
      • 50 goals five times,[17. The only player at his departure, now 1 of 11 players ever]
      • 40 goals eight times,[18. The only player at his departure, now 1 of 10 players ever]
      • 35 goals eleven times,[19. The only player at his departure, now 1 of 8 players ever]
      • 30 goals thirteen times[20. 1 of only 2 players a his departure, now 1 of 9 players ever]
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists twice,
      • Top 10 five times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG once,
      • Top 10 four times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Tallied 50 assists once,
      • 40 assists six times[21. 1 of only 8 players at his departure to the WHA]
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Set the single-season record for Points,[29. Hull held the record for 3 years],
      • led the league in Points thrice,
      • Top 5 eight times,
      • Top 10 eleven times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Led the league in PPG twice,
      • Top 5 ten times,
      • Top 10 twelve times
    • Single-season totals:
      • Scored 100 points once,[22. 1 of only 8 players to do so at his departure to the WHA]
      • 90 points four times,[23. 1 of only 2 players at his departure]
      • 80 points eight times,[24. 1 of only 2 players at his departure]
      • 70 points ten times,[25. 1 of only 4 players at his departure]
      • 60 points twelve times,[26. 1 of only 3 players at his departure]
      • 50 points fifteen times[27. 1 0f only 4 players at his departure]
  • Top 10 in Plus Minus once
  • Ten 1st Team All Stars, two 2nd Teams
  • 12 All Star games
  • WHA:
    • Howe ( ’73, ’75)
    • Led the WHA in Goals once, Top 5 five times
    • Top 5 in Assists once, Top 10 thrice
    • Top 5 in Points five times
    • 1st Team All Star thrice, 2nd Team twice.

Great Teams

  • NHL:
    • Best Player[30. Led playoffs in goals and points] on one Runner Up (’65 Black Hawks),
    • Best Player[31. By points] on two Final Fours (’67, ’70 Black Hawks),
    • Best Skater[32. By points] on one Runner Up (’71 Black Hawks),
    • Top 3 Forward[33. Led playoffs in goals] on one Runner Up (’62 Black Hawks) and one Final Four (’63 Black Hawks),
    • Top 3 Forward[34. By points] on one Champion (’61 Black Hawks) and four Final Fours (’64, ’66, ’68, ’72 Black Hawks),
    • Top 6 Forward[35. by points] on one Final Four (’60 Black Hawks),
    • Top 9 Forward[36. By points] on one Final Four (’59 Black Hawks)
  • WHA:
    • Top 3 Forward[37. By Points] on one Avco Cup Champion (’76 Jets) and one Runner Up (’73 Jets),
    • Top 6 Forward[38. By points] on one Avco Cup Champion (’78 Jets) and one Runner up (’77 Jets)
  • Canada Cup:
    • Best Forward[39. By points] on one Canada Cup Champion (’76 Canada)
  • Summit Series:
    • Best Player[40. By points] on one Summit Series Runner up (’74 Canada).

Hull eclipsed Richard as the greatest goal scorer the NHL had ever seen. He is still very much in the conversation as possibly the greatest Left Wing the league has ever seen.

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