1. I don't think it's fair that when a writer praises one player
or sees everything in a certain light he downgrades another
by overlooking or belittling his efforts. Bobby would be the
first to agree.
2. Naturally the crowd reacts more to Bobby. I'm sure if I
started carrying the puck from behind the net and beat two or
three of the opposition and got down to the other team's blue
line and let a few slapshots go, even if I missed the net and
just hit the boards, people would jump up.
3. Bobby can be nice anytime he wants to. Writers made an issue
of that saying, Mikita is a surly so-and-so while Hull is the
all-American kid next door who shows his pearly white teeth
every chance he gets, and nobody ever sees him with a frown
on his face. Well, that's the way he is, I'm the way I am.
4. I don't have blond hair like Bobby and nobody called me
the Golden Jet or the Blond Bomber. I don't have the natural
good looks that Bobby has, but then he's got a few scars, too.
5. One reason people have given Bobby this good guy image is
because he does stop, does sign autographs, no matter where
is he is, whether we win, lose or draw, on the road or at home.
I get too uncomfortable if I keep others waiting. But as long
as it makes some kids happy, Bobby's better off for doing it.
6. We ran around together, we double-dated, we went to shows.
We were good friends then and we're good friends now, and people
writing or saying that Bobby Hull is No. 1 doesn't change that.
It's fine with me.
*List items taken from chapter 11, "Bobby and I",
of I Play To Win, by Stan Mikita.
knows how to crosscheck. Vicious.