Monday, June 29, 2009


Brett Hull couldn't wait for the NHL to announce his name as part of the 2009 Hall of Fame class.


The former sniper confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that he will be one of the four honoured members when the NHL announces the Hall of Fame class during a conference call at 3:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

"It's a great honour, it's really unfathomable," said Hull, now the Dallas Stars executive vice-president and alternate governor. "I mean, when you're a kid, you dream about someday playing in the NHL or someday winning the Stanley Cup, but you just don't think about this, so it's hard to prepare yourself."

Hull is expected to be joined by Detroit Red Wings great Steve Yzerman. Former New York Rangers defenceman Brian Leetch is also a strong candidate for the NHL's exclusive club.

Hull won two Stanley Cups during his career, but his most memorable moment came during the 1999 final against the Buffalo Sabres.

Hull scored in triple overtime of Game 6 to clinch the Stars' first Stanley Cup title. The goal was not without controversy, however, as Hull's right foot was in the crease while scoring on Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek. Although players weren't permitted in the crease at that time, officials allowed the goal to stand.

The ceremony will take place at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.

Three other first-time eligible players — Luc Robitaille, Dave Andreychuk and Alexander Mogilny — should get most of the consideration for the final spot.

Adam Oates, Doug Gilmour, Steve Larmer, Dino Ciccarelli and Pavel Bure are also in the mix.

The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee is comprised of 18 members. In addition to players, referees and builders of the game may also be honoured. Up to five can be nominated for induction in any given year, with no more than four players entering.

Hull finished with 741 career goals, third only to Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. He added 650 assists for 1,391 points, currently 21st overall. He best individual season came during 1990-91, when he scored 86 goals, a feat surpassed only by Gretzky's 92-goal mark.

Hull will join his father, Bobby, in the Hall of Fame — the top father-son duo in league history.

"I'm really not sure how I will feel," Hull said. "I do know that when you look at the names and look at the people who are in there, including my dad, you are really impressed."

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