Thursday, March 20, 2014

Brett Hull Scores 80

On March 19, 1991, Brett Hull becomes only the second player in NHL history to score 80 goals in a season.  Hull finished the year with 86 goals, the third most all-time, behind only Wayne Gretzky’s 92 in 1981-82 and Gretzky’s 87 in 1983-84. Brett also became only the fifth player to score 50 goals in his teams first 50 games.

Brett Hull in 1991 with the St. Louis Blues.
Hull was the game’s premier goal scorer in the early ’90′s, scoring an incredible 339 goals from 1989-1994 for an average of almost 68 goals per season.  “The Golden Brett” was paired with Adam Oates to make up one of the NHL’s most feared duos. Oates was a great playmaker who consistently setup Hull for his trademark one-time slap shot.

Hull’s NHL career would feature 1,269 games played, in which he scored 741 goals and tallied 650 assists for a total of 1,391 points over 20 seasons. Hull would make the playoffs 20 times with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings, playing in 202 games. He would score 103 goals and record 87 assists for a total of 190 points in the playoffs.

Known as one of the game's greatest snipers, Hull was an elite scorer at all levels of the game. He played college hockey for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, where he scored 52 goals in 1985–86. He scored 50 the following year with the Moncton Golden Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL) and had five consecutive NHL seasons of at least 50 goals.

Hull would win NHL First Team All-Star nominations from 1989-1992, and would play in the All-Star game from 1989-1994, 1996-1997 and 2001. He would win the NHL All-Star Game MVP in 1992. Hull would win the NHL’s MVP award the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1991 as well the Lester B. Pearson Award the MVP voted on by the players the same year. He would win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1990, a trophy awarded for Sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. He would win the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Dallas Stars and in 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Hull would also win a Silver medal with Team USA at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He would also earn a Silver medal at the 1991 Canada Cup, and a Gold medal at the World Cup of Hockey in Canada in 1996.