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by Paul on 09/24/11 at 12:17 PM ET
via Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune (watch the video),
Bobby Hull played in an era when most hockey players did not wear helmets. But the Blackhawks Hall of Famer insists he is thinking clearly about the direction of the game and its tragic offseason.
“I’ve had some time to think about it. And I believe it goes back to the Philadelphia Flyers (known as the Broad Street Bullies) winning the Stanley Cup with a bunch of harem-scarems,” said Hull prior to receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night at Hawthorne Race Course.
“From there they stopped scouting guys like Mr. (Stan) Mikita and Henri Richard … guys who could play and entertain. They started scouting guys that were over 6 feet and over 200 pounds. And they were told that they didn’t care whether they scored or helped anyone else score.
“Now, all the way around the league, there were enforcers. Some thought they were the chief enforcer, but they found out after a round around the league that they were not. So then steroids came into effect, and (that) tried to make them the top dog. I think that’s where it all began.”
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