Former Winnipeg Jet and Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull has died at the age of 84.
Hull became the first NHL player to score over 50 goals in a single season. He scored 54 goals in 1965-66 and then beat that record with 58 goals in in 1968-69, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks both seasons.
Hull's entire professional hockey career was spent with the Blackhawks for his 15 years until he shocked the hockey world. In 1972 Hull signed a then record-setting professional hockey record $1 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL's rival league, the WHA. Hull famously signed his contract at Portage and Main with thousands of ecstatic hockey fans at the iconic intersection to witness the event.
It was the first big signing for the underdog league, and Hull spent seven seasons in the prairie city, helping lead the team to a championship Avco Cup in his first year with the team, and again in 1976, 1978. He announced is retirement from hockey during the 1978-79 season, but returned to the Jets when the WHA and NHL merged the next season. He was traded to Hartford in 1979-1980, playing nine games with the Whalers before retiring again.
Hull remains the Blackhawks all-time leading goal scorer with 604 goals.
While Hull was a decorated player, winning the Art Ross Trophy for points leader in three separate seasons, he also drew criticism over the years for his personal life.
Two of Hull's three ex-wives have made allegations of domestic abuse against Hull over the years. One of the women alleges that Hull once held her over a balcony while in Hawaii and also threatened her with a loaded shotgun.
In 1998 Hull drew outrage after telling a Russian newspaper that the Black population in the United States was growing too fast. In the same interview, he also stated "Hitler, for example, had some good ideas. He just went a little bit too far."
There is no word at this time on the cause of death or funeral arrangements.