The Friday Five: Bobby's Best
This weekend, the city of Addison, Ill., will honor the career and legacy of Bobby Hull by naming a street in his honor. This is the latest accolade for the greatest left wing in NHL history, whose other honors include - among other things - a recently-dedicated statue in front of the United Center.
But this recent milestone got us at the Blackhawks Blog thinking... Hull has clearly made an impression in the minds of hockey fans and the city of Chicago, but what lasting impact has he made on the team's record books?
We dug up five of "The Golden Jet's" Blackhawks franchise records which are unlikely to ever be bested:
1. Ten-time NHL First Team All-Star
The Professional Hockey Writers Association voted Hull the league's best left wing ten times, a record at the position, and with more left wingers to pick from now with an expanded league, that NHL record seems safe. Only one forward in the history of the league got more first-team nods - Gordie Howe, with 12.
2. Five 50-goal seasons
Not only was Bobby the first player in league history to score more than 50 goals in one season, but he's only one of three Blackhawks to ever reach the mark - Al Secord and Jeremy Roenick being the others. Six active NHL players have more than one 50-goal campaign to their credit, and none wears a Blackhawks sweater.
3. Led the league in goals seven times
The only player to lead the league in goals more often than Hull was... no one. Bobby stands alone with seven league-leading seasons, and that's not including 1974-75, when he led the WHA with 77 tallies. The only active player with more than one scoring title is Teemu Selanne with two.
4. 414 shots in a season (1968-69)
Since the league began recording shots on goal as an official statistic in 1967-68, three players have beaten Bobby's mark a total of seven times. Hull holds the top three slots in the Blackhawks record books, and four of the top five.
Bobby did have a built-in advantage: in the earlier eras, teams typically rolled out three lines of forwards instead of four, which naturally gave the superstars more ice time. To reach that high of a mark in the modern era, a skater would need to play an enormous percentage of his team's minutes, and take a lion's share of the offensive chances; no player besides Washington's Alex Ovechkin has taken as many as 390 shots since 2000.
5. 666 career Blackhawks goals (regular-season and postseason)
Bobby's 604 regular-season goals is a daunting enough number - it remains in the NHL's top-20 all-time even with the offensive juggernauts of the 1980s and 1990s. Adding the 62 playoff goals... that's just piling on.
No Blackhawks player comes within 60 goals of Bobby's combined total - Stan Mikita places second with 600 career goals while playing in 394 more games with Chicago.