There was a N.H.L. Star whose incredible feats on ice are diminished by It was his misdeeds that were a distraction from it. Bobby Hull.

His His blond hair, matinee-idol appearance and stirring solo rushes up ice earned him the nickname “The The.” Golden Jet. Jet. by Hull was also known for his darker sides, and he died Monday at the age 84.

Every accomplishment is worth it, such as his five 50 goal seasons for Chicago Blackhawks in fifteen years (1957-1972) and his pioneering steps like using a curve stick or jumping to the start of the World Hockey Although the 1972 Association was a success and benefited his peers, there were some blemishes. Two credible domestic assault allegations from their wives; an assault on a police officer arrest; and the open airing of racist views about race, genetics, and Hitler.

It will be fascinating to see what the N.H.L. does with Hull’s remains. Hull’s favorite team, the Blackhawks (the most closely associated with Hull), will be handling memorials. N.H.L. All-Star Game is scheduled for Saturday, South Florida. Next Chicago home game will take place February 7. A tribute to Hull’s death at an event like this would normally be appropriate, however his conflicting legacy makes it difficult.

N.H.L. The N.H.L. has been long criticized for how it handles issues related to sexual assault and racism, but has made efforts to improve its image over the past few years. The Blackhawks in particular have earned enormous criticism, especially for the team’s mishandling of a sexual assault accusation in 2010 involving a video coach that resulted in a lawsuit by A former player and several departing team executives.

None of these problems have been mentioned by the Blackhawks or the league so far. Hull’s Reputation in acknowledging his passing. N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman referred to Hull as one of the league’s “most iconic and distinctive players.” Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks’ chairman, called Hull one of the team’s “most iconic and distinctive players.”

His N.H.L. debut was just a few years ago. Hull’s hockey career was established in Chicago in 1957. He was a muscular farm boy, 120 miles north of Toronto from Point Anne in Ontario. His locomotive-like runs up the ice could get fans on their feet and he became a household name with the N.H.L’s six-team N.H.L. As the television age was taking hold in the 1960s, he had.

Hull was quickly recognized by both the Blackhawks and the league. Numerous promotions were made to promote hockey among women, at a time when the sport was dominated by men. One of his favorite moments was when he won the “Best in Hockey” award. most famous hockey photographs The 1960s saw Hull stripped down to the waist with flaxen hair, and proudly showing off his muscles.

Hull stood at 5’10” and weighed in at 195 lbs. However, he was smaller than his peers but showed great strength and speed. His The speed of slapshot is estimated at 119 miles per anhour, which was routinely terrifying goaltenders back in those days since many of them did not wear masks.

Hull, his Chicago colleague Stan Mikita and many other goaltenders were drawn to the mask during the mid-1960s. They began using curved-blade sticks. These sticks are known as banana blades because of the severe curled edges that could suddenly cause pucks’ to jump or fall unexpectedly. N.H.L. To limit stick curves’ severity, the N.H.L.

Hull became an inspiration to his teammates as well. His strong opinion about the value of his services to a league in where players often took any modest salaries offered by tight-knit owners, and kept their mouths closed was a testament to how inspiring he was. Hull left N.H.L. 1972 shocked the hockey world. Hull was awarded a $2.75million contract to participate in the W.H.A. Winnipeg Jets. This move finally broke N.H.L.’s grip. Players were given more money to practice their skills as well as more control of where they play.

Both the N.H.L. The W.H.A. as well the N.H.L. Hull was forced to join the brawl on the ice of the 1970s. He even took a solo stand by staging a one game strike alongside the Jets in protest at fighting in that particular game. His actions years later proved to be horribly hollow.

Although Hull might have seen the violence in hockey games as a deplorable, Joanne McKay was his second wife and stated in an ESPN documentary in 2002 that Hull assaulted her multiple times during their 20 year marriage. Their divorce ended in 1980. She stated that Hull beat her to death with her shoe. He also held her up on the balcony of a hotel in Hawaii. “I thought this is the end, I’m going,” Sie said.

More stories detailing Hull’s dark side Over the years, many problems with alcohol and domestic abuse have emerged. 1986: Hull’s Deborah, Hull’s third wife, accused him for assault. Hull, who was then charged with assaulting his wife Deborah after a police officer intervened. He eventually pleaded guilty. Hull was also accused of battery on his wife, but that charge was dropped after Deborah refused to give evidence.

A second controversy was created in 1998 by the English-language Moscow Times, which attributed disturbing views about race to Hull. Hull felt that America’s Black population was expanding too rapidly, according to the Russian newspaper. According to him, he said: “Hitler had some good ideas. He just went a little bit too far.”

Hull claimed he had not made the remarks and that he would sue The Moscow Times as well as The Toronto Sun. The Toronto Sun reprinted parts of the Times article but Hull did not respond to the threat of legal action.

However, Hull’s Michelle, his daughter, contradicted the newspaper reports. ESPN reported that she was shocked to see comments made by her father regarding Hitler and Black people. “The first thing I thought was, ‘That’s exactly like him.’”

Hull was made a Blackhawks team ambassador in 2008 despite his many bad experiences. Hull was fired from his role in 2008 He was removed from the role last year by his team. “redefine” The role of the team ambassador, that Hull and organization “jointly agreed” He would soon retire.

However, the statue of Hull that was erected at Chicago’s United Center on November 11, 2011, is still there.