Brett Hull, one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time despite being a small, slow skater with blonde spikes on his head for most of his career, participated in a live, Q & A chat with Blues fans on the Post Dispatch's website Thursday - and it was pretty revealing.
1. Brett Hull is Still a Boss
A fan asked Hull, "If you came out of retirement today, how many goals do you think you could score this season for the Blues?"
Hull answered: "I would score more than anyone else because that's what I do."
The Golden Brett doesn't mess around with those bland answers so many hockey players give to questions like these. There's no "Oh, I couldn't even begin to imagine playing again" or "Well, shucks, the game is so tough now and the players are so good, I don't think I could keep up." No. Hull keeps it real. This guy probably shines his Stanley Cup rings while sitting on the toilet listening to "All I Do Is Win."
If Brett Hull says he will score the most goals if he came out of retirement, you better believe that he will, because THAT'S JUST WHAT THE MAN DOES!
2. Brett Hull Stops God-Awful NHL Trends
You know how all of sudden over the past few seasons NHL players go to the bench and high-five their teammates after every goal like they're 4-year-olds who just learned how to play the game and their coach is an armchair child psychologist obsessed with boosting kiddie egos who non-ironically puts motivational posters in his office?
It's an annoying trend and NHL players need to realize they're grown men and go back to patting the asses of their teammates who were actually on the ice when the goal was scored, not the back-up goalie sitting on the bench wearing a baseball cap.
Evidently, Brett Hull feels the same way. It was reported Thursday that the Blues put an end to the "conga line" celebrations. But who was responsible for the act of humanity was unknown - until now.
A fan asked Hull if he ordered the stop. Hull responded:
Yes. We strongly suggested they acted like they've done it before. Me, Chaser [Kelly Chase] and Big Walt [Keith Tkachuk].
Thank you, Brett. Thank you so much.
Read about Brett Hull wants to torture the City of Buffalo on the next page.
3. Brett Hull Wants to Torture the City of Buffalo for the Rest of Eternity
Editor's note: The author of this article is from Buffalo.
A fan asked Hull: Who would you most like to see the Blues square off against in the Cup Finals?
Most players would say they would like to face the best team because it would be a great challenge and honor to beat the best. Not Brett Hull. He said he'd most like to see the Blues face "The worst team in the East."
The worst team in the East happens to be the Buffalo Sabres. The Buffalo Sabres happen to be the team Hull won his first Stanley Cup against as a member of the Dallas Stars in 1999. And Hull happen to score the game 6 overtime goal that clinched the Cup for the Stars.
However, many (pretty much everybody except the Dallas Stars and Brett Hull) argue that Hull's foot was in the crease before he had possession of the puck when he scored that goal, which was against the rules at the time.
The rule was soon changed after that season. Nonetheless, not a single Buffalo Sabres fan has gotten over the emotional destruction that controversial goal caused. And if Hull had his way, he'd do it all over again to the saddest sports city in America. Until then, he's content with mocking Buffalo fans on Twitter like he did in 2011 when he tweeted the following photo with the message "New pic for all my friends in buffalo xoxo:"
4. Brett Hull Really Wants to Tell His Drunken Tales with Kelly Chase
Hull's friendship with former Blues teammate Kelly Chase is well-known in hockey circles and the two were known to party hard. But telling such tales probably wouldn't be a good idea during the afternoon on the Post Dispatch website, especially for the man just appointed to the very official-sounding title of "Vice President."
But you can tell he wanted to. One fan asked Hull who he had the best chemistry with as a player. Hull responded: "That's an easy question. Adam Oates on the ice. Kelly Chase off the ice."
In other words, Oates helped Hull score on the ice. Chase helped him score off the ice.
Unfortunately, when a fan asked for details, Hull said, "Not going there."
Oh, but he wanted to. You can tell he wanted to. But just couldn't. That's OK, Brett, because we'll go there for you. Here's a story about Hull's drunken Blues days with Chase from hockey writer Andy Strickland:
One night following a game Hull and Chase were ready to leave the arena but realized neither of them had driven to the rink. Hull told Chase that he would get a car and be right back Hull eventually pulled up in Head Coach Bob Berry's Jaguar. Chase was impressed that Berry allowed Hull to take his Jaguar and really didn't think much of it because Hull and Berry were very close.
The two ended up going to a bar that night. When they were ready to leave they ran into a slight problem. As Chaser turned the key to unlock the door the key completely snapped in half and was stuck in the keyhole. It was already early in the morning and they knew it wouldn't be easy to get a locksmith at this time of the night. The door unlocked, but they didn't have a key to start the car. As they waited for the locksmith security joined the two for beers in the parking lot. Finally the locksmith rolled up around 7:00 in the morning.
They went directly to Brentwood ice arena to attend practice. When they arrived Berry was in an absolute rage. He had filed a police report thinking his car had been stolen. Hull ended up inviting several security people from the bar to practice to get an autographed stick from Hull. About a dozen shady characters dressed in orange jackets were at practice to collect their signed sticks. Chase had no clue Hull had just taken Berry's keys off his desk without asking or telling him first.
Party on, Brett!