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Howe’s 801st NHL goal forgotten by many with Ovechkin closing in

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Howe was 52 years old when he scored his 801st and final NHL regular-season goal with the Hartford Whalers against the Detroit Red Wings on April 6, 1980. That stood as the NHL record until Wayne Gretzky scored his 802nd on March 23, 1994.

Ovechkin, who has 800 goals heading into the Washington Capitals’ game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, BSSW, ESPN+, SN NOW), is very familiar with Gretzky’s achievements and will turn his attention to 894 – the Great One’s goal total when he retired in 1999 — after he scores 802.

But Ovechkin, a native of Moscow knew little about Howe before making his NHL debut with the Capitals at the start of the 2005-06 season.

 

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“Obviously, he’s Mr. Hockey, but when you’re growing up, we didn’t have internet,” the 37-year-old left wing said. “It was hard for us to understand how big of a name it is. But as soon as you came here, you just hear stories about Gordie Howe almost every day because he is legendary.”

Many of the stories about Howe sound like the stuff of legend, from his age-defying longevity to his remarkable strength and ubiquitous elbows. Howe, who was 86 when he died on June 10, 2016, played 26 seasons in the NHL: 25 with the Red Wings (1946-1971) and one with the Whalers (1979-80) following six seasons in the World Hockey Association (1973-1979).

But the tale of Howe’s 801st goal — the much-celebrated number Gretzky pursued and eclipsed, and the one Ovechkin is nearing — has faded from the memories of almost everyone who played a role in it.

It would seem unforgettable that Howe scored his last regular-season goal against the Red Wings, the team with which he remains synonymous, in his last regular-season game. Yet, neither Marty Howe nor Mark Howe, Gordie’s sons and Whalers teammates, have any recollection of 801.

“I don’t really,” Marty said. “Mark would remember more than me.”

“I really don’t remember that,” Mark said. “I don’t remember that at all.”

A grainy video confirms the summary in the box score: Gordie Howe scored his 15th goal of the season with assists from Ray Allison and Gordie Roberts at 11:25 of the second period of a 5-3 Whalers’ victory at Hartford Civic Center.

Rogie Vachon, a 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, was in net for the Red Wings.

“I gave up his last goal?” Vachon asked. “I don’t remember that.”

Despite its significance, it’s understandable some of the details of Howe’s 801st goal have been forgotten in the 42 years since he scored it. But in some ways, the story around the goal and Howe’s impact on those involved in it contributes more to his legacy than how he scored it.

“It’s hard to describe because when I was a kid, he was the guy,” Allison said. “But he was really the nicest guy and good to be around. He was just a really good guy and he just loved playing hockey.”

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In Mark Howe’s defense, he didn’t play in the game when his father scored his 801st goal because he was resting a sore knee. Mark returned to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and can accurately describe Gordie’s goal in Game 2 of Hartford’s preliminary round series against the Montreal Canadiens on April 8, 1980.

There’s a video on YouTube of that one, which completed the scoring in the Whalers’ 8-4 loss at 13:59 of the third period and prompted a standing ovation from the Montreal Forum crowd.

“I’ve seen that goal a few times, but I remember,” Mark said. “I picked the puck up and ran up the ice and fed him the puck and he made a little move and shot a backhander. I think the goalie got screened on it. So, the cool thing about it is I got the assist on the goal.”

The Canadiens swept the best-of-5 series and, after Gordie announced his retirement June 4, 1980, that Game 2 goal became his last.

Gordie Howe moves past Maurice “Rocket” Richard on the NHL all-time goal list when he beats Canadiens goalie Charlie Hodge for his 545th goal on Nov. 10, 1963.

But to Mark, “the most impressionable goal” his father scored was his 545th, which moved him ahead of Maurice “Rocket” Richard into first in NHL history. An 8-year-old Mark was at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium to see Gordie score against Montreal goalie Charley Hodge in a 3-0 victory.

“Of the things my mom collected and kept of dad’s memorabilia and everything — and we have been selling a bunch of stuff off to raise money for their charity — we’re always going to keep some things together,” Mark said. “And at the very top of the list are anything that has to do with No. 545.”

Gordie increased his goal total to 786, (which remained the NHL record for most with one team until Ovechkin scored his 787th with the Capitals on Nov. 5) before he retired for the first time following the 1970-71 season because of a chronic wrist injury. A four-time Stanley Cup champion and six-time winner of both the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and Art Ross Trophy as the League’s leader in points, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Red Wings retired his iconic No. 9.

After his first retirement from the NHL, Gordie Howe played with sons Marty, l., and Mark, r., with the Houston Aeros of the WHA. This photo from the 1973-74 season.

But Gordie found retirement, and his ensuing job as Detroit’s vice president unsatisfying. So, when the offer came to play with Mark and Marty with the Houston Aeros in World Hockey Association in 1973, he had wrist surgery and returned to the ice at 44.

“He hadn’t skated in two years when he came into camp and he was turning all different kinds of purple,” said Marty, a defenseman who played six seasons in the WHA and six more in the NHL before retiring in 1985. “He couldn’t make a pass. His shots were horrible. Then, after about two and a half, three weeks, all the sudden, he just got his wind.

“His passes were crisp. They were on the tape. He was knocking people over. You couldn’t take the puck away from him.”

With Mark as a linemate, Gordie led the Aeros with 100 points (31 goals, 69 assists) in 70 games and was voted the WHA’s MVP in 1973-74. He had 17 more points (three goals, 14 assists) in 13 playoff games to help Houston win the first of consecutive league championships.

“It was flat out scary how good he was,” said Mark, a 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee who played six WHA seasons and 16 NHL seasons before retiring in 1995. “He was better at 46 than I ever was in any year of my career.”

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Free agents following the 1976-77 season, the Howes talked briefly with the Red Wings and Boston Bruins, which selected Mark in the second round (No. 25) of the 1974 NHL Draft, but neither team wanted all three. So, father and sons signed with the WHA’s New England Whalers.

“Boston had the best deal for Mark, but if we went to Boston, they didn’t have anything for Gordie,” Marty said. “In New England, the contract was for the same amount of money, only for 10 years instead of five. But he wanted to play, and we wanted him to play.”

Gordie Howe and his son, Mark, during their days with the Hartford Whalers. 

After two seasons with New England, the 1979 merger with the WHA brought a 51-year-old Gordie back to the NHL with the renamed Hartford Whalers. But dizzy spells that prevented him from playing during the 1979 preseason threatened to end his NHL return before it began.

“He was having some issues and I don’t know whether it was vertigo or whatever it was, and they were trying to get him to retire,” said Chuck Kaiton, the Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes radio play-by-play voice for 39 seasons. “I know Jack Kelley, the general manager, was saying ‘He’s not 100 percent.’

“In fact, that was my first broadcast. We played a preseason game against Pittsburgh at Springfield Civic Center and Gordie was my color man because he didn’t play in the game. He was really [ticked] off, I think, because that was happening.”

Howe received medical clearance before the regular-season opener, however, and did not miss a game that season.

“If you saw his body, he was so beat up,” Mark said. “But whether it was dizzy spells, and I know he had broken foot for a while, his wrists were bad for all those years and all the other various things, nothing was stopping him.”

Gordie started the season strong, scoring eight goals in the first 14 games and 11 in first 25. But coach Don Blackburn reduced Gordie’s ice time as the season progressed and he played mostly on the fourth line with enforcer Nick Fotiu and a few other forwards, including Allison.

“It was unbelievable,” Fotiu said. “A kid from Staten Island, New York, ‘What do I get to do today? Play with Gordie Howe.'”

Even with limited ice time, Gordie finished the season with 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 80 games.

“And that’s probably not playing many power-play minutes,” Allison said. “But he could still score. It’s rare when you find that athletic ability that holds up that long. He was so efficient when he skated that it just seemed effortless.”

The Whalers’ inaugural NHL roster also included Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Dave Keon (1986) and Bobby Hull (1983), who was acquired in a Feb. 27, 1980 trade with the Winnipeg Jets. Gordie scored his 800th NHL goal in Hull’s Whalers’ debut, a 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues two days later.

Gordie was already a Hall of Famer, but inside the locker room, he was like everyone else.

“Gordie was just a very down to earth guy that wanted to fit in with everybody and he took a lot of kidding and had a great nature about all that and being able to give it back,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he was a veteran of the dressing room humor in addition to everything on the ice.”

Mark played wing on Gordie’s line in the WHA but was moved to defense four games into that season and thrived there over the rest of his career. Marty spent most of 1979-80 in the American Hockey League with Springfield and missed a chunk of time with a broken arm before being called up and playing in six games with Hartford in the final month of the regular season.

Marty’s second NHL game was in Detroit on March 12, 1980. Although Marty was a defenseman, Blackburn put him at left wing on an all-Howe starting line with Gordie at center and Mark, who moved back up from defense, on the right.

“The funny thing about the story is they told Marty, ‘You’ll start the game, but as soon as they drop the puck, get off the ice,'” Mark said. “And dad was sitting there and as soon as the coach walked away, dad said, ‘[Forget] that, Marty. You’re going to play a whole shift with me.’ So, Marty stayed out and played the whole shift.”

Whether the Whalers played in Detroit, where the Howes remain hockey royalty, or any of the other 19 NHL cities they visited that season, Gordie was usually the center of attention and greeted warmly by fans.

“It didn’t really matter if we won or lost,” said Jim Warner, a forward who played 32 games for the Whalers in 1979-80. “[The media] didn’t want to talk to anybody [else]. It didn’t matter if you scored a hat trick in the game. They wanted to talk to Gordie Howe, and Gordie was very gracious.

“But it was a celebration really for all of us and a privilege to be able to play with him.”

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Entering the Whalers’ regular-season finale, Gordie hadn’t scored a goal in 18 games. Perhaps, he was saving his last regular-season goal for the Red Wings.

“I suppose for writing purposes,” Marty said, laughing. “You never know. It would’ve been nice if he had gotten a hat trick.”

Gordie settled for two points, picking up his final NHL assist on Allison’s goal that opened the scoring in the first period and scoring to give the Whalers a 3-2 lead in the second.

The sequence that led to his 801st goal began with Fotiu carrying the puck into the Detroit zone on the right wing and into the corner before sending a backhand pass through the slot that ended up on Roberts’ stick at the left point.

Fotiu spent that season soaking in everything he could from Howe, who would show up two hours before practice to tutor him.

“It was just me and Gordie on the ice and him teaching me,” Fotiu said. “It was unbelievable. To me, he’s one of the greatest players ever and he took the time to teach me. Actually, that was my best year, playing with Gordie.”

Fotiu, who played 13 NHL seasons (1976-1988), scored a career-high 10 goals in 1979-80. He doesn’t remember anything about Howe’s 801st goal, though.

“I just remember the playoff goal that I was on the ice for,” Fotiu said.

Ask Roberts about his role in 801, and after giving a tongue-in-cheek answer about making an end-to-end rush to set up Howe for a tap-in, he acknowledges, “I don’t even know if I had the first or second assist on the goal.

“But I did see it in a Trivial Pursuit game one time. That’s when it kind of registered that, ‘Holy crim. I had an assist on Gordie’s last goal.'”

The youngest of four hockey-playing brothers who grew up in Detroit, Roberts was linked to Howe from his birth in 1957, thanks to his oldest brother Jack, a stick boy in the visiting locker room at the Olympia and a Howe admirer.

“My mom wanted to name me Clifford,” said Roberts, a defenseman who played 15 seasons in the NHL (1979-1994) and won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. “[Jack], who is 19 years older than me and played at Michigan State, talked her into naming me Gordie. So, that was pretty interesting 20-something years later.”

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Roberts took two slap shots from the left point before Howe scored. The first one went wide left and caromed off the end boards to Howe to the right of the net.

Howe spun in the circle and tried to feed Allison in the slot, but the pass didn’t connect, and the puck carried back to Roberts. While Roberts wound up for his second shot, Red Wings defenseman Reed Larson battled for position with Fotiu in front of the net.

“I remember playing against Gordie when he was on the Whalers,” Larson said. “But that last goal, I was in that game? That’s funny.”

Digging deeper into his memory, Larson vaguely recalled Howe scoring against Detroit in Hartford.

“I can’t describe it, but I remember they made a pretty big deal about it,” Larson said.

That was not the loudest or longest ovation Larson witnessed for Howe that season, though.

As the host Red Wings’ lone representative in the 1980 NHL All-Star Game at Joe Louis Arena, Larson was the penultimate player to take the ice during the pre-game introductions.

“As I get off the bench and skate out to the middle of the ice, the crowd is on their feet going nuts,” Larson said. “They’re just going nuts and I’m like, ‘This can’t be for me.'”

After Larson took his place on the blue line, the cheering grew louder, and he looked back to confirm his suspicion. Howe, who was selected by Wales Conference coach Scotty Bowman as Hartford’s representative, was on the bench waiting be introduced.

“I didn’t know he was out of the tunnel, yet” Larson said. “It went on for what seemed like an hour, but 10-15 minutes. It just didn’t stop; it was pretty cool. That’s the biggest, longest lasting standing ovation I’ve ever seen or been a part of.”

Larson, who played 10 of his 14 NHL seasons (1977-1990) with Detroit, wasn’t afraid to mix it up in front of the net with Fotiu, who racked up 1,362 penalty minutes in his career. But he was smart enough to keep his distance from Howe, even at 52.

“When you’d go into the corner, you’d kind of just put your hands gently maybe around him,” Larson said laughing. “It’s funny. He didn’t bother anybody, and nobody bothered him. … He had that old-man strength. You didn’t want to test him.”

So Larson remained with Fotiu in front after Vachon steered Roberts’ second slap shot with his blocker toward the left corner. Allison raced after it with Red Wings forward Bill Hogaboam in pursuit.

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That Allison played a pivotal part in Howe’s 801st goal was news to him. He was also unaware Howe set him up for a goal in the first period of that game.

“Now, I know what I didn’t know before,” Allison said.

The No. 18 pick in the 1979 NHL Draft, Allison was Hartford’s top prospect after scoring 153 points (60 goals, 93 assists) in 62 games the previous season with Brandon in the Western Hockey League. So, when the 19-year-old arrived for his first NHL training camp, the Whalers put him in a room with Mr. Hockey.

“He lived in Hartford, so he only stayed at the hotel for one night,” Allison said. “But this was the first night I was in town and my roommate was Gordie Howe.”

Allison approached that evening like he did much of his rookie season and followed Howe’s lead.

“He was watching TV, so we watched TV,” Allison said. “We did whatever he wanted us to. When the lights went out, the lights went out. I was too young not to be agreeable.”

Allison played 13 AHL games for Springfield but spent most of the season with Hartford and had 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 64 games. Like with Fotiu, Howe mentored Allison, enthusiastically sharing his extensive hockey knowledge, such as the benefit from coming from behind the puck carrier on the rush.

“He taught me more about hockey than I knew,” said Allison, whose NHL career was limited to seven seasons (1979-1987) because of injuries. “If I was patient enough to wait while he had the puck in the neutral zone until the defenseman went at him and then go, he’d get me the puck. It’s something that I didn’t think of.

“I always thought I had to go ahead to get the puck. He said, “No, I’ll see you coming from behind. Come from behind.’ He taught me that kind of stuff.”

Allison learned another lesson the hard way.

“One time in practice, I reached around him to poke the puck and, you know the elbow stories? Well, they’re true,” Allison said. “The lights briefly went out. And he does it so funny because he had a big smile on his face. He just looked at me like, ‘Are you stupid?'”

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After Allison reached the puck in the left corner, he deftly backhanded it behind the net and a lurking Howe swept in from the right wing to collect it. Credit Kaiton for being able to recall at least some of what Howe did next.

“Yeah, I remember the goal,” Kaiton said. “He came around the net and he backhanded it on the short side of Vachon.”

Kaiton was correct that Howe circled out from behind the net with the puck and scored, but the puck was on his forehand. Larson was still tied up with Fotiu in front, and when Vachon reached outside the near post with his stick, Howe slid the puck around him and inside the far post.

Now 77, Vachon doesn’t remember any of that.

“It’s been so long,” he said.

Yet, Howe scoring his final regular-season goal against Vachon was a fitting bookend to their on-ice relationship. Vachon stopped Howe for his first NHL save when he made his League debut against the Red Wings as a 21-year-old Canadiens rookie on Feb. 18, 1967.

“That, I do remember vividly,” Vachon said. “He had a breakaway from the blue line in and it was the first shot of my whole career, and I was lucky. I stopped it. Looking back, it probably kept me in the League for 16 years.”

Howe would score later in the first period, but Vachon’s confidence was boosted by the first of his 41 saves in a 3-2 victory.

“It makes a big difference,” Vachon said. “If he scores on the first shot, who knows? I could’ve panicked. You never know.”

***

Howe’s 801st goal came on his last regular-season shot. After the puck went in, he raised his stick in celebration and was mobbed by his teammates on the ice. He received a standing ovation from the Civic Center crowd as he skated to the Whalers’ bench.

Although no one knew for certain in that moment that it would be his final regular-season goal, he had turned 52 a week earlier and the writing was on the wall that it would be his last NHL season.

“I didn’t know it, but I sensed it,” Kaiton said. “It was just a phenomenal feat for him to play at 52. … I figured it would be his last year because they had already promised him a front-office job, too.”

Howe’s sons believe their father wanted to play, but the Whalers weren’t interested.

“I only saw him cry twice,” Mark said. “One was when his mother died and the other was when he kind of got forced into retirement.”

Still the 1979-80 season was a worthy epilogue to Gordie Howe’s unmatched NHL career, which he finished with 801 goals, 1,049 assists and 1,850 points in 1,767 games – all League records at the time.

“It was pretty special on that end,” Roberts said. “To go out with that one year in the NHL, to go around to the Original Six teams that he used to battle all the time, going into Detroit and then the All-Star game he had in Detroit and things like that, you couldn’t have written a better script for the whole season.”

Gretzky now sits atop the NHL record book in goals, assists (1,963) and points (2,857). Longtime San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau broke Howe’s games record last season before retiring with 1,779 over 23 seasons.

Howe is 10th in assists, fourth in points and, for at least a little while longer, second in goals. When Ovechkin scores his 802nd, Howe’s 801st might fade further, but his legacy will not.

“He shows love to the game,” Ovechkin said. “He shows how good you can be. It doesn’t matter how old you are. He played until 52. It’s unbelievable. That’s why they call him Mr. Hockey because he loves the game so much.”

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Bobby Hull, the first NHLer to score over 50 goals in a season, dies at 84 – CBC Sports

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Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull has died at the age of 84.

He played for Chicago and Hartford of the NHL as well as the World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets over a 23-year pro career. The Chicago organization confirmed his death Monday.

In 1961, he helped lead Chicago to its first Stanley Cup in 23 years, and is 55th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 610 goals and 560 assists. He also had 303 goals and 335 assists in the WHA for combined 913 goals in both leagues in 1,474 games.

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To put that into context, Wayne Gretzky has a combined total of 940 goals in both leagues over 1,567 games, although all but 80 of those were in the NHL.

His 604 goals with Chicago remain a team record.

“Hull is part of an elite group of players who made a historic impact on our hockey club,” the club said in a statement. “Generations of Chicagoans were dazzled by Bobby’s shooting prowess, skating skill and overall team leadership.”

Hull was the first player in NHL history to score more than 50 goals in a single season. He set the record of 54 in 1966 and broke it by four goals a couple of seasons later.

Along with Chicago teammate Stan Mikita he helped popularize the curved hockey stick blade in the NHL. He would first soak the wooden blade, bend it under a door and leave it overnight. It made Hull’s slapshot, clocked at close to 200 kilometres per hour, even harder for a goalie to stop.

WATCH | Hull on leaving Chicago, playing in the WHA and his son, Brett:

Bobby Hull in 1977 on playing hockey in the WHA

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Hockey star Bobby Hull of the World Hockey Association is interviewed by Peter Gzowski on CBC-TV’s 90 Minutes Live. Aired Feb. 25, 1977.

His defection to Winnipeg of the WHA in 1972 was the catalyst that helped shatter the NHL’s stranglehold on players. It also started the escalation of salaries that now make Hull’s once record-setting million-dollar payday look like small change.

There were plenty of hard feelings at the time on both sides, but in 2011 a statue of Hull was erected alongside one of Mikita outside the United Center, where Chicago now plays.

“I never, ever thought in 100 years I’d ever be standing here tonight,” Hull said at the unveiling.

Top NHL scorer 7 times

Robert Marvin Hull Jr., was born Jan. 3, 1939 in Pointe Anne, Ont., now part of the city of Belleville, and was 12 when he was first scouted by Chicago. He started playing with the team in 1957 at 18.

Two Hockey Hall of Fame players share a laugh.
In 2016, Hull said legendary NHL player Gordie Howe, right, was a fantastic role model and he enjoyed ‘every high-sticking minute’ playing against him for about 15 years. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/File)

He was regarded as the fastest skater in the NHL and led the league in scoring seven times in the 1960s. When he left the NHL in 1972 for the WHA, he was second on the all-time scoring list behind only Gordie Howe, and Howe had been in the league for an extra decade.

“It was sort of a dream that came true,” said Joe Daley, Hull’s teammate on the Jets who is from the Winnipeg area. “You always hope that you get a chance to have wonderful teammates, and I got lucky in having him here.

“Certainly, what he brought to Winnipeg and the way he conducted himself with every fan in every city, it was amazing to see.”

Although not large by today’s standards (five-foot-10 and just under 190 pounds), the muscular Hull was not afraid to scrap. In 1966, when he set his first scoring record, he also had 70 penalty minutes in 65 games.

In an era when few players worked out in the off-season, Hull stayed in shape throwing around bales of hay on his farm, which led to a still iconic black and white photo of the shirtless Hull in action, a bale on the end of his pitchfork.

In 1978, Hull was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and his No. 9 jersey was retired by Chicago and the old Winnipeg Jets (who moved to Phoenix in 1996 and became the Coyotes before the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and reclaimed the Jets name).

Son Brett became a star and Hall of Famer in his own right as a star scorer with St. Louis and Dallas and is 25th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.

Bobby and Brett each won the Hart Trophy as league MVP, becoming the first father-son duo to accomplish the feat. Bobby won in 1964-65 and 1965-1966, while Brett won in 1990-1991.

In a statement released by the St. Louis Blues, for whom he works as an ambassador, Brett said his father gave his family and others “a tremendous amount of great memories.”

“Those of us who were lucky enough to spend time with him will cherish those forever,”Brett said. “He will be greatly missed.”

Hull renewed ties with the the Jets after their return to Winnipeg.

“I was lucky enough I actually got to meet Bobby Hull. He was an awesome guy to meet,” Jets forward Mark Scheifele said. “Obviously, a moment that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

“He was a guy that revolutionized the game and was one of the stars and made hockey what it is today. So we wouldn’t be where we are without him.”

Scheifele called Hull a Winnipeg “legend.”

“He always will be,” Scheifele said. “He’s something that made hockey what it is in the world, and especially in Winnipeg. Obviously, his legacy will always be there forever.”

Bobby Hull helped Chicago return to the top of the NHL after it was one of the worst teams in the league for years before his debut during the 1957-58 season. He had 13 goals and 34 assists in his first campaign with the team, finishing second in the Calder Trophy race for rookie of the year.

During his prime, there was no more prolific goal-scorer in all of hockey.— NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Bobby Hull

It was a steady rise from there. Hull posted 13 consecutive seasons with 30 goals or more from 1959-72, becoming a perennial fixture at the all-star game and a regular candidate for the league’s top awards.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement called Hull “a true superstar with a gregarious personality.”

“When Bobby Hull wound up to take a slapshot, fans throughout the NHL rose to their feet in anticipation and opposing goaltenders braced themselves,” Bettman said. “During his prime, there was no more prolific goal-scorer in all of hockey.

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From the CBC vault: Bobby Hull scores 1000th goal

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In this exclusive CBC footage from 1978, long-time Canadian sportscaster Scott Oake gives a recap of Bobby Hull’s 1000th career goal.

High-profile disputes over money

“We send our deepest condolences to his son, fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Brett; the entire Hull family; and the countless fans around the hockey world who were fortunate enough to see him play or have since marvelled at his exploits.”

Hull said he loved his years in Chicago and the fans, but the organization didn’t love him as much. He resented what he was paid, as did many in the league at that time, and got into high-profile disputes over money with the Wirtz family that owned the team.

In 1972, he became the linchpin around which the WHA was formed and the first hockey player to earn a million dollars, his signing bonus for joining the new league with the Jets.

Although some resented him for the leap, Mikita once said he got down on his knees and thanked his former teammate and the Jets — his salary doubled almost overnight because of the competition.

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Hull shown in the Chicago dressing room with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Red Wings for the 1961 NHL championship. (The Associated Press/File)

Integral part of WHA’s Jets

But the move cost Hull a chance to play in the 1972 Summit Series when the NHL refused to let him join Team Canada. He made up for it in 1974, when a team of Canadians from the WHA met the Soviet Union in a second Summit Series, and again when he played in the 1976 Canada Cup.

Nicknamed The Golden Jet for his speed and blond hair (even before he joined the Jets), Hull spent eight seasons with the team, the last in the NHL, and helped make them one of the strongest clubs in the WHA. They won three Avco Cups, the league’s ultimate prize, in the seven years it was awarded, and were runners-up twice.

Hull played only part of the final Jets’ final WHA season in 1978-79, and returned only briefly the next season when Winnipeg joined the NHL as the two leagues merged. He moved to the Whalers, who also jumped to the NHL, for nine games that same season.

He was 42 when he made a brief comeback attempt with the New York Rangers in 1981 before finally hanging up his skates.

Hull could be aggressive and controversial off the ice.

An acrimonious divorce from his second wife of 20 years, Joanne, which included numerous allegations of abuse, cost him a stake he owned in the original Jets.

He returned to farming/ranching during the early years of his time away from hockey and then settled in Florida with third wife Deborah.

Hull was convicted of assaulting a police officer who intervened in a dispute with Deborah in 1986. He also was accused of battery, but that charge was dropped after Deborah told authorities she didn’t want to testify against her husband, a state attorney told the Chicago Tribune.

However, the police officer who Hull took a swing at during the investigation did not drop charges and Hull was fined $150 and placed on six months court supervision.

He stoked more controversy when in 1998 he told the Moscow Times, an English-language newspaper, the Nazis were not without merit, the Black population of the United States was growing too fast and genetic breeding was a worthy idea.

“Hitler, for example, had some good ideas. He just went a little bit too far,” Hull, who was visiting Russia, was quoted as saying.

Chicago brought him back as a team ambassador in 2008 and he was on hand for its 2010 Stanley Cup win, the club’s first since 1961.

The franchise announced in February 2022 that Hull had retired from any official team role, calling it a joint decision.

“Bobby Hull will always be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks players of all time. He was a beloved member of the Blackhawks family,” team owner Rocky Wirtz said in a statement.

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You need to be aware of the factors that make a good online casino before you select one to play in. These factors include fair games, customer support, translation into your preferred language, and license.

Customer Support

Customer support is a key component in any top instant withdrawal casinos. It not only provides assistance to players, but it also helps the online casino to maintain its overall image. The team should be well-trained and have the right knowledge to answer players’ queries, offer suggestions and even resolve issues.

Casinos usually provide some sort of customer support, whether it’s through live chat, e-mail, or telephone numbers. They should be available around the clock and if possible, available in a number of languages. Providing customers with multiple options improves their chances of receiving support.

A comprehensive FAQ section is one of the more important features of a good casino. It contains a variety of relevant and interesting answers to questions that players often ask.

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Another impressive feature of good customer support is a toll-free phone number. Whether a player is able to use it to make a call or not will depend on the casino.

The best casinos have customer support channels that are active and ready to answer the call. Some operators will even have a phone service in another language. This way, a player can talk to a representative in his own language.

Customer support can be important in any industry, but it is especially crucial in the gaming world. Withdrawal requests and other technical problems are the most common issues that players may have, and a customer support representative can provide the necessary guidance.

License

When you choose an online casino to play, you need to ensure that the site you’re choosing is legitimate and licensed. The license is a certification that the casino will run a safe and secure business.

Online casinos need a license to legally operate in different countries. You can find a list of reputable licensing providers on their websites. If you aren’t sure about how to get a license, you can find an experienced legal firm to help you.

The first step in obtaining a gambling license is determining which markets you want to serve. Some jurisdictions have specific laws and regulations, while others are more lenient. It’s also important to consider the tax rates in each country.

The cost of acquiring a license depends on the type of business you’re in. Many companies choose to hire a legal firm to guide them through the process.

You’ll need to submit a thorough application. Depending on the jurisdiction, you might need to include a financial reserves check, a financial audit, a fit and proper check, and a systematic review. Lastly, you will need to pass independent audits to verify that the games are fair and random.

The amount of time it will take to obtain a license will vary. Several months is typical, though it can take as little as a couple of weeks. A few things you’ll need to consider are the licensing authority’s policies, the incorporation times, the capital requirements, the filing obligations, and tax exemptions.

Then, you’ll need to apply for an online gaming license. There are several costs associated with this, including the license itself, the company incorporation fee, and other expenses related to running a business.

Fair Games

When selecting an online casino, it pays to look for one that offers fair games. This is because one small mistake can ruin a casino’s reputation. The truth is that all online casinos rely on reputation and a reliable random number generator (RNG) to keep their players happy.

In addition to an RNG, many online casino games use return-to-player rates. However, this does not always mean that the game is fair. There are several ways to test whether a particular game is fair, including using a provably fair algorithm.

One of the best ways to find a provably fair casino is to look for those that accept digital currency. This allows users to avoid the transaction fees that can sometimes be associated with non-crypto options. Some popular crypto casinos have provably fair table games.

While provably fair slot machines are currently limited to a handful of websites, they’re likely to grow in the near future. Generally, they are designed to be simple to understand and fun to play. Depending on the theme, a provably fair game may also have fun sound effects.

The biggest drawback to provably fair games is the complexity of the algorithm. Many users don’t know how to go about verifying the results of a provably fair game.

The best way to find a provably fair casino that meets your needs is to use a reputable list. They’ll be able to verify that your favourite provably fair games are available and that the website is secure. It can also help you to make sure that the site you choose offers live casino games.

As long as you select an online casino that has a legitimate license, is legal to gamble in your state and has a reputable support team, you should be able to enjoy a great online casino experience without breaking the bank.

Translation Into Your Preferred Language

When you’re selecting an online casino, it’s important to make sure the games are available in your preferred language. This way, you won’t be forced to choose a language you don’t know. However, you should also be aware that not all online casinos offer the same languages. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn a bit about each one. You can do this by reviewing its terms and conditions.

 

Online gambling is one of the most lucrative industries in the world. However, the law around online gambling is confusing. Only three states allow online gaming, including sports betting and fantasy sports. In addition, the regulations are always changing. It’s a good idea to keep abreast of these changes so you don’t get into trouble with the law. If you’re looking for a place to play, you should find one that has the best game selection, a great user interface, and easy-to-use translation services.

Another option is to use the services of a gambling translator. Fortunately, this is something that’s relatively inexpensive. Once you’ve identified your target audience and your stylistic preferences, you’ll be able to choose a translator who can deliver the translation in perfect harmony with your brand.

 

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Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship Super Bowl LVII – TSN

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was forced to rely on his badly sprained right ankle rather than his strong right arm when the Kansas City Chiefs were desperately driving with a chance to win the AFC championship.

The All-Pro quarterback, missing three wide receivers to injuries and battered himself, took off on a third-down play near midfield in another gut-check game with the Cincinnati Bengals. Mahomes strained to reach the mark he needed and was headed out of bounds when he felt the hands of Joseph Ossai send him sprawling into the bench.

The mad dash, coupled with the 15-yard penalty for a late hit, was all Kansas City needed.

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Harrison Butker strode confidently onto the field, sent a 45-yard kick through cold, gusting wind over the crossbar with 3 seconds to go, and put the Chiefs back in the Super Bowl for the third time in four years with a 23-20 victory.

“I don’t think we have any cigars,” Mahomes said with a smile, “but we’ll be ready to go in the Super Bowl.”

It was vindication for the AFC West champions, who had lost three straight to their newfound nemeses, including a three-point overtime loss to Cincinnati in last year’s conference title game. All of those defeats were by three points.

Now, the Chiefs are headed back to the big game.

Awaiting them is coach Andy Reid’s old team, the Eagles, in the first matchup of Black quarterbacks in the Super Bowl with Mahomes and Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts. It will also feature a brother-against-brother showdown between Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Philadelphia center Jason Kelce.

“I’ve watched them all year,” Mahomes said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for us. But I’m going to celebrate this first.”

Mahomes, who hurt his ankle against Jacksonville in the divisional round, threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns, even though he was missing three of his wide receivers to injuries by the end. Marquez Valdes-Scantling led with 116 yards and a touchdown, while Travis Kelce — bad back and all — had seven catches for 78 yards and a score.

“It’s a tough bunch. My heart goes out to them, man, they’re tough guys,” Reid said. “They worked so hard this week. Pat and Kelce were both banged up a little bit. They pushed through and great things happened.”

The Chiefs also managed to shut the mouths of the Bengals, some of whom had taken to calling their home “Burrowhead” for Joe Burrow, who had never lost to Kansas City. Even Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval started in on the trash talk.

“I’ve got some wise words for that Cincinnati mayor,” Kelce said. “Know your role and shut your mouth, you jabroni!”

Burrow, who was sacked five times and wobbly by the end, finished with 270 yards passing to go with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bengals. Tee Higgins had six catches for 83 yards and the score.

“We’re not going to make it about one play. There was plenty of plays we left on the field today that could have put us in a better position,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “The character of this football team, that’s never going to change. We’ve got the right people in the locker room, the right men leading this team and this organization.

“I know that this is a team that our city and our fan base can be proud of,” Taylor added. “They represent themselves the right way, and we’re going to fight, scratch and claw to be back in this position next year.”

The Chiefs were able to do early what the Buffalo Bills could not in last week’s divisional round: They ran roughshod over an ailing Bengals offensive line missing two starters to injury with another bothered by a sore knee.

Burrow was sacked three times in the first quarter alone and the Bengals offense did not gain a single yard.

Mahomes looked just fine on his sore ankle in leading Kansas City to a field goal on its opening possession. When the Chiefs got the ball back, Mahomes did it again, but only after Kadarius Toney failed to pull in a nifty throw for a would-be touchdown — the incompletion was upheld upon review.

Cincinnati finally got moving in the second quarter, but it also had to settle for Evan McPherson’s chip-shot field goal.

So much for two of the league’s highest-scoring offenses.

The Chiefs finally reached the end zone late in the second quarter when Mahomes hit Kelce, loosely covered by Jessie Bates III, with a fourth-down throw for the touchdown. The Bengals drove 90 yards in the closing minutes, but only added a field goal to get within 13-6 at the break.

Turns out their offense was just hitting its stride. And another classic was brewing.

After the Chiefs went three-and-out to start the second half, Burrow led the Bengals downfield, bolting through a yawning hole in the defense for a third-down conversion before hitting Higgins from 27 yards out to knot the game 13-all.

Mahomes, suddenly down three wide receivers to injuries and beginning to limp, gamely pressed on. He answered Burrow with a touchdown drive of his own, capped by a third-down throw to Valdes-Scantling to regain the lead.

The Chiefs had a chance to gain some breathing room later in the third quarter, but Mahomes somehow lost control of the ball before throwing a pass and the Bengals pounced on the fumble. Six players later — including an audacious fourth-down throw from Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase — Samaje Perine ran into the end zone to tie it at 20.

Burrow gave the Chiefs a chance when his deep throw to Higgins on third down was batted into the air and picked by rookie cornerback Josh Williams. Mahomes managed to move the Chiefs past midfield, but two runs went nowhere and his third-down throw to Jerick McKinnon was well short, forcing them to punt in Bengals territory.

Kansas City’s defense held, though, got a crucial sack from Chris Jones to force a punt with 39 seconds left, and shaky return man Skyy Moore broke free for 29 yards on the return. That gave Mahomes and the offense one more try.

“It was a tough road to get here. To win 10 in a row, it was a pretty incredible feat,” Taylor said. “We came up short. We wanted to play longer than that, but really proud of these guys.”

INJURIES

Bengals: WR Tyler Boyd left with a quadriceps injury early in the second half.

Chiefs: Lost CB L’Jarius Sneed (concussion), LB Willie Gay Jr. (shoulder) and WRs Toney (ankle), Mecole Hardman (pelvis) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee).

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The Chiefs are headed to their third Super Bowl in four seasons. They ended a 50-year championship drought when they rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, then lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following year.

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