Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/05 at 08:35 AM ET
As he enters his 20th NHL season, Brett Hull will skate secure in the knowledge he has No.99 behind him. And No.9 on his back. Wayne Gretzky, who will coach Hull this season with the Phoenix Coyotes, confirmed yesterday that Hull will switch from No.16 to No.9 in honour of his famous father, Bobby, early in the 2005-06 season, likely after a special ceremony at a Coyotes home game. The Golden Brett has never worn his father's number while playing for Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas and Detroit in his prolific career. That jersey number was retired by the Winnipeg Jets years ago before the franchise picked up and moved south to Phoenix in 1996. Hull gave away the company secret inadvertently yesterday by skating out for his first Coyotes practice with No.16 on his practice jersey, but No.9 on his red Coyotes home helmet.
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