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The Chicago Blackhawks were Stanley Cup champions in 1961 and again in 2010, but Blackhawk fever might be even more intense this year. Some of us still remember that 1961 team, when Bobby Hull, the Scooter Line (Stan Mikita, Kenny Wharram, and Ab McDonald), Pierre Pilote, Moose Vasko, and goalie Glenn Hall helped make the Hawks the toast of the town. Three years later, Hull’s younger brother Dennis joined the ranks, and the two became all-time Chicago sports legends.
In 1995, we (as TnT Productions) produced this video with the Hull brothers as a segment of the Once A Star series broadcast on WGN-TV. As this archival video shows, so much of life, including hockey, was a whole different thing then.
Today, Bobby continues to work for the Blackhawks as an Ambassador alongside his fellow teammate Stan Mikita. He has five children, including his son Brett, who played in the NHL from 1986 to 2005 and ultimately rivaled his own father’s accomplishments.
Meanwhile, Dennis published a light-hearted memoir in 1998 under the self-deprecating title The Third Best Hull. Today, he is an accomplished public speaker and comedian, poking fun at the sport of hockey, his brother, and ultimately himself. He also runs a cattle farm in Northumberland County, Ontario, with his wife, Sue. They have two children.
Watch the full version of Once A Star, featuring Doug Atkins, Robyn Smith, Minnesota Fats, Bowie Kuhn, Bill Wade, and Floyd Patterson at Media Burn Archive.