A nine-time National Hockey League All-Star, Brett Hull recorded 1,391 points and ranks third all-time in NHL history with 741 goals during a career that spanned more than 20 years and included stops with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.
Hull played junior hockey for the Penticton Knights of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. In his second year there, he scored 105 goals in 56 games and was offered a scholarship to the University of Minnesota Duluth. He spent two seasons (1984-86) with the Bulldogs and, after tallying 84 points (52-32) as a sophomore, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. No player has scored more goals in a single season since.
In 1984, the Calgary Flames drafted Hull 117th overall, and after his two years in college, he spent the next two seasons splitting his playing time between Calgary and its minor league team in Moncton, N.B. In Moncton, Hull finished third in league scoring and was named the International Hockey League's Rookie of the Year.
In 1988, the Flames traded Hull to the St. Louis Blues. In his first season, he scored 41 goals and captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
The 1989-90 season marked the first of Hull's three consecutive 70-plus goal seasons, which included a career-high 86-goal performance in 1990-91 that earned him the Lester B. Pearson Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP.
After 11 seasons in St. Louis, Hull signed with the Dallas Stars in the summer of 1998. In his first campaign with the Stars, he scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime in game six of the Stanley Cup finals to give Dallas its first-ever Cup title.
Early in the 1999-2000 season, Hull scored his 600th goal, making he and father, Bobby, the first, and to this day only, father-son combination to reach that remarkable plateau. After three seasons in Dallas, Hull signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings prior to 2001-02 season and went on to capture his second Stanley Cup later that spring.
Hull surpassed the 700-goal mark and 1,300-point mark in 2002-03. After three seasons in Detroit, he signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2004. Following the lock-out season of 2004-05, Hull played five games with Phoenix before announcing his retirement.
On the international side, Hull led the United States to an Olympic silver medal at his second Games in 2002 and topped the tournament in scoring as Team USA captured the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996, the first of his two World Cup appearances. He also participated in the 1991 Canada Cup and made his debut in a Team USA jersey at the 1986 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.