Robert Marvin Hull is a Canadian former ice hockey player and is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. His blonde hair, end to end rushes, his incredible speed on skates, and being able to shoot the puck at very high velocity, all earned him the nickname "The Golden Jet". His talents were such that often one or two opposing players were assigned just to shadow him—a tribute to his explosiveness.
Born on January 3, 1939, in Pointe Anne, Canada, Bobby Hull joined the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League in 1957. Renowned for his lightning-fast slap shot, "The Golden Jet" won a Stanley Cup championship and two MVP awards before jumping to the Winnipeg Jets in the World Hockey Association in 1972. Hull retired in 1980 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
After years of feuding with Chicago management, Hull signed a $1 million contract to be player-coach with the Winnipeg Jets in the upstart World Hockey Association in 1972. His signing gave instant credibility to the WHA, and Hull lived up to his end of the bargain by leading the Jets to three Avco Cup championships and claiming two MVP awards.
Hull returned to the NHL after it absorbed four WHA teams in 1979, splitting the year between Winnipeg and the Hartford Whalers before announcing his retirement. He finished his career with NHL totals of 610 goals and 1,170 points, and another 303 goals and 638 points in the WHA.