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

Updated: September 24, 2006, 10:25 PM ET
Associated Press

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."


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