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Blues to retire Hull's No. 16 jersey in December

9/24/2006 - NHL St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Hull, the high-scoring former St. Louis
star who set numerous franchise records in 11 seasons with the
Blues, will have his No. 16 jersey retired by the team in December.

"It's going to be great," new Blues president John Davidson
said. "He made a huge impact on this franchise."

"There is no one who deserves this honor more than Brett. We will work hard to make sure it will be one of the great nights in St. Louis Blues history and most importantly, a memorable one for Brett and his family."
-- Blues owner Dave Checketts

Hull holds franchise records for goals (527), hat tricks (27),
game-winning goals (70), power-play goals (195) and shots on goal
(3,367) and ranks second in assists (409), points (936) and
short-handed goals (18). He scored 86 goals in 1990-91, third-most
in NHL history.

Hull retired last season and is now assistant to the president
of the Stars. He'll be honored before a Dec. 5 game against the
Detroit Red Wings.

"This will be a tremendous honor for my name and number to be
hanging up there with not only great players, but some of the
greatest people to ever play the game," Hull said. "My time as a
Blue were some of the best years of my life, and I look forward to
watching my number go to the rafters in front of the best hockey
fans anywhere."

Hull's outspoken nature led to friction with the front office
and coaching staff and his departure in 1998, and he helped the
Stars win a Stanley Cup that season. Lingering bad feelings also
led to a delay in being honored.

That changed this summer when new owner Dave Checketts, at his
introductory news conference, announced plans to retire Hull's
jersey.

"There is no one who deserves this honor more than Brett,"
Checketts said. "We will work hard to make sure it will be one of
the great nights in St. Louis Blues history and most importantly, a
memorable one for Brett and his family."

In 20 NHL seasons, Hull scored 741 goals for third on the career
list. He won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1990 and the Hart Trophy as
league MVP in 1991.

Other Blues to have their jerseys retired are Al MacInnis (2),
Bob Gassoff (3), Barclay Plager (8), Brian Sutter (11) and Bernie
Federko (24). MacInnis' jersey was retired in April after he
retired before last season.

"There's something about Brett -- when he smiles and talks
people listen," Davidson said. "Sometimes it's really intriguing
information, other times it's completely off the wall, other times
he says stuff that nobody else will say but there's actually some
credence to it.

"I know fans will come out and want to be a part of that
night."