One of The Most Famous Photos of Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet With The Golden Smile

CHICAGO - MAY 26: Former Chicago Blackhawks star and Hall of Famer Bobby Hull meets with reporters in front of a lion sculpture sporting a Blackhawks helmet in celebration of the Blackhawks appearence in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Fylers at the Art Institue of Chicago on May 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The lion sculptures, by artist Edward L. Kemeys, were installed at the Michigan Avenue entrance to the museum in 1894. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) 

It’s not often that you get to meet a professional athelete and talk with them, even if it’s for 10 minutes.  It’s even less often that you find yourself in the midst of a Hall of Famer, and your childhood idol right before your eyes.  Shake his hand, make him smile, get his autograph, as well as a hug!

Well, that’s what happened to me while I was on my business trip this week in Orlando.  Stuck in a hotel that is connected to the airport, I saw my first ever hockey hero in person.  The Golden Jet!  Bobby Hull!

I happened to be calling home at the time, and the cell service in my room was the pits, as seems to be my luck lately, so I was in the lobby trying to get a good signal.  As I’m talking with my daughter I see an older gentleman waiting for his room key as the person he was with was checking in.  I say to my daughter as he’s standing there, away from the counter, “I think Bobby Hull’s here”.  She says, “are you sure”? As Bobby turned around, I heard his wife say to the bellhop, “The name is Hull”, I knew for sure it was him.  My daughter said “hangup and talk to him”, which I did.

I went up to Bobby and said with the biggest grin on my face, “You’re Bobby Hull right”?  He smiled about as big as the hotel, and proudly, and I mean proudly said, “YES I AM”!  We carried on a conversation for about 10 minutes, exchanging how happy each of us was with the Chicago Blackhawks winning The Cup, and how good he felt for them, and for himself as a Blackhawk Alumni.  Trying to hold back the tears of happyness, of seeing an idol of mine in person, I asked for his autograph and he gladly accommodated me.

I thanked him, wished him well, and we did sort of a half hug that I initiated.  I truly think he was happy to be recognized. 

I’ll never forget the smile on his face! 

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