Hull won the ART ROSS TROPHY 3 times, the HART TROPHY twice and the LADY BYNG TROPHY once, scoring 610 goals and 1170 points in 15 NHL seasons. In 1972 he accepted $1 million to jump from the NHL to the WINNIPEG JETS, giving immediate credibility to the fledgling WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION. There he continued his prolific scoring, with 77 goals in 78 games in 1974-75, adding 303 goals and 638 points to his totals.
He attempted a comeback in 1981 with the New York Rangers but was released in training camp. His son, Brett, emerged as a superstar with the St Louis Blues, and they became the first father and son to have 50-goal seasons in the NHL and to win the Hart Trophy.
Angered over the NHL's administration of the pension fund for retired players, Hull joined several veteran players including Gordie HOWE and Carl Brewer in taking the league to court over surplus monies that the pension fund had produced. The players were successful and gained over $40 million to supplement the pensions of retired players. Hull is a member of the ORDER OF CANADA (1978) and the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME (1983). Upon retirement he resumed another lifelong interest, cattle ranching.
Author JAMES MARSH