Brett Andrew Hull (born August 9, 1964) is a Canadian-born American former National Hockey League (NHL) player and general manager, and currently an executive vice president of the St. Louis Blues. He played for the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes between 1986 and 2005. His career total of 741 goalsis the fourth highest in NHL history, and he is one of five players to score 50 goals in 50 games. He was a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams – 1999 with the Dallas Stars and 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings. His championship winning goal for Dallas in overtime of game six of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals remains the focus of debate over whether it was scored within the rules of the time. On January 27, 2017, in a ceremony during the All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Hull was part of the second group of players to be named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players‘ in history.
Known as one of the game’s greatest snipers, Hull was an elite scorer at all levels of the game. He played college hockey for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, where he scored 52 goals in 1985–86. He scored 50 the following year with the Moncton Golden Flames of the American Hockey League (AHL) and had five consecutive NHL seasons of at least 50 goals. His 86 goals in 1990–91 is the third highest single-season total in NHL history. Hull won the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award that year as the league’s most valuable player. He was named a first team all-star on three occasions and played in eight NHL All-Star Games.
A dual citizen, Hull was eligible to play for either Canada or the United States internationally and chose to join the American National Team. He was a member of team that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and was a two-time Olympian, winning a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, joining his father Bobby to become the first father-and-son pair of players in the Hall. They are the only pair to each score 1,000 career points in the NHL. Hull’s nickname, “the Golden Brett” is a reference to his father’s nickname of “the Golden Jet”. His jersey number 16 was retired by the St. Louis Blues.