Bobby Hull, the former Blackhawks star nicknamed “The Golden Jet” who was tarnished by off-ice abuse, has died.

He was 84.

“Hull is part of a group of players who have made a historic impact on our hockey club,” the Hawks said in a statement on Monday. “The ‘Golden Jet’ helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and provided countless memories for our fans, who loved them.

“The Chicagoans were impressed with Bobby’s shooting skills, skating skills and overall team leadership. … We send our deepest condolences to the Hull family.

Hull remains the Hawks’ all-time leading scorer with 604 goals during his 15 years with the team from 1957 to 1972.

His death comes less than a year later, however, after the Hawks parted ways with him as team ambassador.

A native of Point Ann, Ontario, Hall emerged as a star in 1959-60 with 39 goals and 81 points in his third season and never looked back. He broke the 30-goal mark in 13 straight seasons and topped the 50-goal mark five times, including a career-best 58 goals and 107 points in 1968-69.

He played a major role in the Hawks’ championship in 1961, where the team finished second in the regular season and playoffs. He was awarded the Hart Trophy as league MVP in both 1965 and 1966.

In the year In 1972, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets from the NHL to the World Hockey Association, providing the WHA with its first legitimacy. He spent seven productive seasons with the Jets, then returned to the NHL in 1979 for a short final season with them before retiring. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

But Howell’s history of inappropriate behavior off the ice — marked by widespread allegations of domestic abuse and racism — has long overshadowed his achievements on the ice.

Hull was charged in 1987 with assaulting a police officer who intervened in an altercation between Hull and his girlfriend at the time, Deborah. In the year In 2002, a mini-documentary aired by ESPN, including his ex-wife Joanne, recounted Hall’s beating of her head with a metal stiletto and then killing her on a balcony in Hawaii.

Hall’s daughter Michelle, who is an advocate for female abuse victims, detailed Hall’s history of alcoholism in that documentary.

In the year In 1997, a Russian publication hailed Hitler’s “good ideas,” said the black population was growing too fast, and advocated genetic reproduction. Hull denied the comments and sued the publication at the time.

However, in 2008 Hull was chosen to be the Hawks team ambassador along with Chris Chelios, Denise Savard and the late. Stan Mikita And Tony Esposito. Three years later, the group erected a statue of Howell and Mikita on Madison Avenue outside the United Center.

Hall held that ambassadorial role until last season, when he and the Hawks mutually agreed that he would “retire from any official team role” with the team. He said in a February 2022 statement..

“When I took over the leadership of the organization after my father passed away in 2007, one of my priorities was to meet with Bobby and convince him to return as an ambassador for the team,” Hawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement Monday. “The relationship with our fans was unique and irreplaceable. My condolences on behalf of the entire Wirtz family.”

Hall’s son Brett surpassed his father’s stats during his most successful NHL career from 1987 to 2006. He is the Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer.


Bobby Hull (left) meets Blackhawks fans in 1959.


Bobby Hull (left) celebrates the Blackhawks’ 1961 Stanley Cup.


Bobby Hull performs at the 2016 Blackhawks Convention.

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