The Chicago Blackhawks and Rocky Wirtz Release a Heartbreaking Statement on a Loss Within The Organization

Published January 30, 2023 at 12:38

The Chicago Blackhawks regret to announce the passing of an absolute franchise legend today. Bobby Hull has sadly passed away at the age of 84, and will be remebered as one of the best Blackhawks to ever lace up the skates.

Hull was, and still in an icon in the Windy City holding the franchise record for most goals with over 600, and is third in franchise total points alongside Patrick Kane and NHL legend Stan Mikita. The reason for the passing of Hull has not been disclosed, and we do not plan to report on it, but we do suggest the Blackhawks fanbase to keep the Hull family in your thoughts and prayers.

The Chicago Blackhawks organization, and CEO Danny Wirtz have released two separate statements on the tragic news that came this morning:

Firstly, the Blackhawks' statement released:

The Chicago Blackhawks are saddened by the passing of Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull, a superstar for our franchise between 1957 and 1972. Hull is part of an elite group of players who made a historic impact on our hockey club. The Golden Jet helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and delivered countless memories to our fans, whom he adored. Generations of Chicagoans were dazzled by Bobby's shooting prowess, skating skill and overall team leadership that led to 604 career goals, a franchise record that remains to this day. We send our deepest sympathies to the Hull family."

Secondly, chairman Rocky Wirtz's statement:

"Bobby Hull will always be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time. He was a beloved member of the Blackhawks family. When I assumed leadership of the organization upon my father's passing in 2007, one of my first priorities was to meet with Bobby to convince him to come back as an ambassador of the team. His connection to our fans was special and irreplaceable. On behalf of the entire Wirtz family, I offer our deepest condolences on the loss of Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. He will be missed."

Lastly, but not least, a meaningful summary of how much Bobby Hull impacted the Blackhawks fan base brought to you by NBC Sports Chicago:

Hull ranks first in franchise history goals (604), third in points (1,153), fifth in assists (549) and sixth in games played (1,036). During his 15-year career with the Blackhawks, "The Golden Jet" won the Art Ross Trophy three times, the Hart Trophy twice, the Lady Byng Trophy once, was named a first-team NHL All-Star 10 times and helped lead Chicago to its third Stanley Cup win in franchise history in 1961.

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