Saturday, November 14, 2009
On this date in 1998, Brett Hull, then with the Dallas Stars, scored his 1,000th point versus the Boston Bruins, the 53rd player to reach that elusive mark.
Entering the game with 997 points, Hull moved one closer to 1000 with an unassisted goal from a deflection off of Jason Allison's skate past Byron Dafoe at 4:20 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1.
Point #999 came at 15:34 of the third period off a bad-angle wrist shot to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
With his teammates trying to set him up for point #1,000 and a hat-trick, Hull hit the post from the slot with less than a minute remaining. Both Hull and the puck ended up behind the net, where Hull fed Jere Lehtinen who buried the puck in the goal, cementing a 3-1 Dallas win and earning Hull an assist for his 1000th point in his 815th game.
With his 1,000th point, Brett and his father Bobby Hull became the only father-son combination to reach the 1,000 points plateau.
"It's a weird feeling, " said Hull. "You start out in this league just hoping to make it and score a few goals to prove yourself. A thousand points seems kind of of mind-boggling. I can go now and say my name could be put up there with the greats of the game. You hope to get one goal in this game, but to say I have 500 goals and 1000 points is a thrill. I"ll long remember this night."
Hull and the Dallas Stars would cap off the season by winning the Stanley Cup in six games with Hull scoring the cup clinching goal at 14:51 of the third overtime.
Today's featured jersey is a CCM 1991-92 St. Louis Blues Brett Hull jersey from a season in which he scored 70 goals and had 109 points.
This jersey features both the NHL 75th Anniversary patch as well as the St. Louis Blues 25th Anniversary patch on the left sleeve.
The Blues wore this style from 1987-88 to 1993-94, the peak of Hull offensive dominance. Hull registered seasons of 84, 113, 131, 109, 101 and 97 points while wearing this style sweater, with some astounding goal scoring totals of 72 in 1989-90 followed by 86 in 1990-91, the second most in league history in a single season, and the 70 he scored while wearing today's featured jersey in 1991-92 with the additional anniversary patches.
Just this week, Brett Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and here is his speech.
Here is the tribute video from the St. Louis Blues on the night they retired Hull's #16 jersey in St. Louis.
Here is Hull scoring his 50th goal in just 49 games. Only the 5th player to score 50 goals in 50 games. He would repeat the feat in 50 games the following season wearing today's featured jeresy, and would be the last player to date to accomplish the feat.
Finally, Brett Hull visits David Letterman on the occasion of scoring his 50th goal in 1989-90, joining his father as the only father-son 50 goal scorers.