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LIKE PLANTE, HULL pulls off the rare rookie play­off triple-header. And for an added de­gree of dif­fi­culty, he did it with mul­ti­ple teams. Even more amaz­ingly, nei­ther was Mon­treal.

In 1986, Hull was a 21-year-old prospect with Calgary. Even “prospect” might be push­ing it, as he was con­sid­ered lazy and out of shape and was best known for being the son of ‘The Golden Jet.’ He’d been play­ing col­lege hockey and for the U.S. na­tional team and had never suited up for a reg­u­lar sea­son game. But he made his NHL debut in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal, go­ing point­less in two games against (who else) the Cana­di­ens.

The next year, Hull was sent to the AHL to work on his game, and he played just five NHL con­tests. But he was back for the play­offs, play­ing four games and scor­ing twice.

That ap­par­ently wasn’t enough for the Flames, who shipped him to St. Louis in 1988 as part of an in­fa­mous trade dead­line deal for Rob Ramage and Rick Wam­s­ley. That move is of­ten men­tioned as one of the most lop­sided in NHL his­tory, although the Flames prob­a­bly didn’t mind much when they won the Stan­ley Cup in 1989. But for Hull, the trade spelled a fresh start, and he re­sponded with seven goals in his third rookie play­off year, this time with the Blues.

Those nine goals over three years weren’t bad for a rookie and there was plenty more to come. Hull fin­ished with 103 play­off goals, good for fourth all-time. Oh, and two Cup rings. Not bad for lazy and out of shape.


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