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Fanspeak: Bobby Hull voted greatest Blackhawk in franchise history

Aug 4, 2014, 6:23 PM EST

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This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

Chicago Blackhawks

1. Bobby Hull — 1,074 votes

2. Stan Mikita — 528 votes

3. Patrick Kane — 320 votes

4. Jeremy Roenick — 225 votes

5. Other — 368 votes

He’s scored the most goals in Chicago Blackhawks history with 604 and he’s second to Stan Mikita in points and games played. Yes, Bobby Hull, “The Golden Jet”, was the icon in Chicago.

With the Blackhawks, he was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in 1960 and led them to the Stanley Cup in 1961. He also led the NHL in goals seven times before parting ways with Chicago rather acrimoniously to play for the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA. Check out what Hull told Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post in 2010 about how the older Bobby Hull would’ve advised the younger him.

“Um, I would have to say, ‘You’re backed in a corner, son. Go to it.’ That’s exactly what happened. [Chicago] backed me into a corner, they never offered me a contract while they were off floating around in their 110-foot ship in the Caribbean. They didn’t seem like my 15 years of blood, sweat and tears for them made any difference. They pissed me off, a few years before that, on a number of occasions.”

Despite the ugly parting, he’s a man forever etched into the memories of Blackhawks fans for what he did to electrify the city in the 60s and 70s.

Considering all the success the team has had in the past few years, you’d think Kane or Jonathan Toews would’ve earned a few more votes, but it looks like hardcore ‘Hawks fans did their part to recognize the all-time greats.

  1. lowenni - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Patrick Kane over Toews????

    • areaman714 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      I read that twice as well.

    • royalvoyager - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:44 AM

      It’s most likely because Kane is American

  2. esracerx46 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Would have gone Mikita over Hull in large part due to his longevity on the Hawks.

    Mikita
    Hull
    Savard
    Pilotte
    Esposito

    Toews over Kane, but I don’t think either make the best player ever list until they’re done

  3. rsmaggiemae - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    How could Roenick’s name even be considered for such a honor
    I am ready to gag…….
    Maybe he nominated himself as vain as he is

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Agreed. He doesn’t belong anywhere near that list.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    As one who started following the Hawks in the 60′s (I got to see Hull, Stan, Eric Nesterenko, Glen Hall, Tony Esposito, I’m not surprised to see Hull and Mikita picken higher.

    Given the # who rated Hull higher than Kane or Toews is a pretty good illustratioin of just how bogus labeling hawks fans as bandwagon fans really is.

  5. arisenow - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    since I never got to see the older guys, I’m voting for Toews.

  6. thefinalcut8 - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    All great players, but my vote goes to Stan Mikita. The guy did it all.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Hull and Mikita. Either/or, but I’d have to pick the Golden Jet. He WAS hockey in the 1960s. Filled arenas. At an exhibition game in 1966 in Los Angeles I saw him spend the entire first intermission standing outside the dressing room signing autographs. Never sat down. There was a 70 year period when Hull and Mikita, Glenn Hall and Pierre Pilote were the only Hawks to lead them to the Cup.
    Others reasonably mentioned Savard and Esposito. In a decade or two, we can add Kane and Toews to the mix.
    But we need a shout-out for the pre-TV stars, like Lionel Conacher, Mike Karakas, Earl Siebert, Johnny Gottselig, Paul Thompson and Chuck Gardiner. The fact almost no one still living saw them play does not mean we should forget them.

  8. matthewdillonhockey - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    PHT’s cheeky subheads are pretty much always funny, but this one — Give it a few years, and this might change — is probably the best ever.

    Roenick, good as he was, has no business on this list.

    It’s Hull, Mikita, Esposito, Hall, Pilotte, Savard, and Doug Wilson. And then the current guys. Who will be up there.

  9. blackhawks2010 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Hull is obvious #1 and Mikita #2, I’d go with Savard #3 and Esposito #4. As far as others deserving consideration I’d go with Glenn Hall, Larmer, Magnuson, Chelios, Toews, Kaner and JR.

  10. blackhawks2010 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Almost forgot the other #3 Pilotte….

  11. govtminion - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    As a serious question to Hawks fans, no humor or trolling intended… two decades later, where does Ed Belfour stand for you all? Would he deserve a spot in the top ten, at least? (And we’re talking Belfour as he was in Chicago, in his prime, not the later faded versions)

    • comeonnowguys - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Hands down my favorite player growing up.

  12. comeonnowguys - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Can’t vote for Hull. Not with his past the the organization would just love to pretend never happened.

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