It’s a shot and a goal for Brett Hull, who skates his way into this week’s Hall of Fame. The former NHL goal machine wore the No. 16 for most of his career. Hull’s time in the world’s most prestigious hockey league spanned 19 years with five different teams, notably with the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars. The son of NHL legend Bobby Hull is fourth all-time in goals, with 791, and second all-time in power play goals, with 265. He tallied a staggering 86 goals in the 1990-91 season alone with the Blues, the third most goals in one season by a single player in league history.
On June 19, 1999, he also scored one of hockey’s most infamous goals. With his skate in the goalie crease, which was forbidden by the rules at the time, he tapped the puck into the net in triple overtime in Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and give the Stars the championship. The referee on ice called it a goal at the time, and with Dallas’ celebrations deep underway, calling it back later on and punishing the infraction would be fruitless. It is still a controversial and debated topic to this day.
The Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup winner, despite giving goalies (and Sabres fans) nightmares, will be forever remembered as a reliable player who lit the red goal lamp up game in and game out.