Dennis William Hull
(born November 19, 1944) is a retired professional ice hockey left wing
, most notably for the Chicago Black Hawks
of the National Hockey League
. He is the brother of Bobby Hull
and uncle of Brett Hull
As a player he was in the shadow of his older brother Bobby Hull
, where they were both teammates on the Chicago Black Hawks
for eight seasons.
Dennis emerged as a star player on his own, scoring over 300 goals in his own right, and earning the nickname "the Silver Jet
" (Bobby was known as "the Golden Jet
"). Some commentators often wondered whether Bobby or Dennis had the harder shot.
When Bobby was excluded from the 1972 Summit Series
because he played in the WHA, Dennis initially planned to boycott the event as well as a show of support for his brother, but Bobby persuaded him to stay on Team Canada. During the series, Hull took over from Vic Hadfield
for the left wing position on the New York Rangers
"Goal A Game" line with Jean Ratelle
and Rod Gilbert
, managing two goals and two assists in four games.
He was named a Second Team All-Star and played in five NHL All-Star Games. His best years were as part of the "MPH" (pun on 'miles per hour' using each player's last initials) line with centre Pit Martin and right wing Jim Pappin. The line was considered one of the better units in the NHL in the early to mid-1970s. He recorded seasons of 40, 30, 39 and 29 goals from 1971
. His best season was in......