Brett Hull (born August 9, 1964) is a former ice hockey player and current Executive vice president of St. Louis Blues. Hull has won the Stanley Cup two times and won World Cup in United States team in 1996. Hull became known as a dangerous sniper and his great shooting skills made him one of the greatest forwards in the game. He was not particularly defensive-minded player – his mission was to score goals. Hull played for five different NHL franchises during his professional career.
During his successful junior seasons, Hull was drafted by Calgary Flames. He made his NHL debut in 1985-86 play-offs. Hull spent almost entire season 1986-87 in Calgary’s minor league affiliate team, Moncton Golden Flames. During his first proper season in NHL (1987-88), Hull was traded to St. Louis Blues.
Hull made major improvement for season 1989-90, scoring 72 regular season goals in the process. He was awarded Lady Byng Memorial Trophy after the season. His improved skating made him all the time better available for decisive passes and in 1990-91, he scored phenomenal 86 regular season goals. This time, Hull was awarded as Most Valuable Player of NHL and he got Hart Memorial Trophy plus Lester B. Pearson Award.
Hull stayed in St. Louis until 1998. His later years with the Blues were shadowed by problems with the head coach Mike Keenan, who was fired by the Blues in 1996. The same year, Hull scored his 500th career goal. With his father Bobby Hull, they are the only father and son to reach this milestone. In 1998, Hull became an unrestricted free agent and made a three-year deal with the Dallas Stars, where he won his first Stanley Cup in 1999.
In 2001, Hull became free agent again. He made a two-year contract with Detroit Red Wings. Red Wings was in pursuit of a Stanley Cup victory, as they signed several big names to their roster. Red Wings played a fantastic season and Hull won his second Stanley Cup with the team in 2002. Hull’s final full season in NHL was 2002-03, when he scored 37 goals. He did not play anywhere during the lockdown season 2004-05. Next year, Hull played five games for Phoenix Coyotes before retiring from professional hockey.
Hockey management career
After his playing career, Hull carried out TV commentary activities and management roles in Dallas Stars. Later on, he was hired by St. Louis Blues, where he is currently an executive vice president. His highlight with the team has been Stanley Cup victory of 2019.
Hull represented USA national team in international hockey. He is the World Cup winner of 1996. Moreover, he won silver with the US team in 1991 Canada Cup and 2002 Olympic Games. He also played in 1998 Olympic Games.
Other interesting stuff
Hull played eight times in NHL All-Star game. Brett Hull’s regular season stats in NHL are as follows: 1269 games, 741 goals and 1391 points. He is one of the few players to have over 100 play-off goals scored. Hull was inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.