(670 The Score) Blackhawks great Bobby Hull has died. Hull was 84.
The Blackhawks confirmed Hull's death without providing any details. Hull died Monday morning, the Daily Herald reported.
A Hall of Famer, Hull is the Blackhawks’ all-time leading goal scorer with 604, which he collected while playing for Chicago from 1957-’72. He also had 549 assists, and his 1,153 points rank third in franchise history. Hull was a 12-time All-Star who helped lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup title in 1961.
Hull was the first NHL player to record more than 50 goals in a season, which he did with 54 in 1965-‘66.
“The Chicago Blackhawks are saddened by the passing of Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull, a superstar for our franchise between 1957 and 1972," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "Hull is part of an elite group of players who made a historic impact on our hockey club. The Golden Jet helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and delivered countless memories to our fans, whom he adored. Generations of Chicagoans were dazzled by Bobby’s shooting prowess, skating skill and overall team leadership that led to 604 career goals, a franchise record that remains to this day. We send our deepest sympathies to the Hull family.”
“Bobby Hull will always be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "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.”
Hull leaves behind a complicated legacy, as he had a series of disturbing off-the-ice incidents. Hull was convicted of assaulting a police officer who intervened in a dispute with then-wife Deborah in 1986. He also was accused of battery, but that charge was dropped after Deborah told authorities she didn’t want to testify against her husband, a state attorney told the Chicago Tribune.
Hull’s second wife, Joanne, accused him of abuse during an interview with ESPN for a 2002 show.
A Russian newspaper reported in 1998 that Hull said Adolf Hitler “had some good ideas.” Hull denied making the comment, calling it “false and defamatory.”
Hull became a Blackhawks team ambassador in 2008, a role he filled until the sides parted ways last February.