On today’s date in 1966, Canadian Bobby Hull became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score more than 50 goals in one season.
In 2001, Canada Post featured Hull alongside five other NHL legends on a souvenir sheet of six domestic rate stamps. Designed by Stéphane Huot, the sheet includes lithographs of Jean Béliveau, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Shore, Denis Potvin and Syl Apps, each with matching stamps. The 47-cent Hull stamp (Scott 1885e) depicts the 12-time all-star in a his No. 9 Blackhawks jersey.
Born in Point Anne, Ont., Hull quickly rose through the minor hockey ranks and then to the top of NHL. At the age of 14, he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. He would enter the NHL four years later, at18 years old.
Hull became the first NHL player to score more than 50 regular-season goals in more than one season. He eventually jumped to the World Hockey Association (WHA), where he was a two-time MVP with the Winnipeg Jets.
Hull scored 913 goals with 895 assists for 1808 points in both the NHL and WHA. In 1965, he won the Lady Byng Trophy for good sportsmanship, speaking out against violence in hockey frequently.
When he retired in 1980, both the Blackhawks and the Jets retired his No. 9. Hull is the father of Brett Hull, and together, they are the only father-son 50-goal scorers in NHL history.