Brett Hull set to rejoin the Blues; official announcement Monday

News-DemocratSeptember 7, 2013 

St. Louis Blues legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull already has been honored with a statue in front of Scottrade Center.

Hull will be welcomed back to the franchise again Monday when he will be formally introduced as a member of the team's executive staff.

The Blues announced Saturday that the news conference -- free and open to the public --is set for 6:16 p.m. Monday. That's in honor of the No. 16 Hull wore as the all-time scoring leader in Blues history.

The 49-year-old Hull originally joined the Blues in a March 7, 1988 trade with the Calgary Flames. He hit the 50-goal mark five times and scored 70 or more in three consecutive seasons from 1989-92, only the second NHL player to accomplish that feat.

His best season was 1990-91, when he set the Blues record with 86 goals, the highest total ever by an NHL right winger.

He reached the 50-goal mark in 49 games that season, the first player in franchise history to achieve that feat. He was named the NHL's Hart Trophy winner that season as the league's Most Valuable Player.

He holds Blues all-time records with 527 goals, 27 hat tricks, 70 game-winning goals, 195 power-play goals and 3,367 shots on goal. He also ranks second in assists (409), points (936) and short-handed goals (18).

Hull later won Stanley Cup championships with Dallas (1999) and Detroit (2002) and finished his career with 741 goals and 1,391 points in 1,269 games.

The 741 goals ranks third all-time in NHL history and Hull played in eight NHL All-Star Games.

His final season was 2005-06, when Hull played in five games for the Phoenix Coyotes. Hull also has worked in the front office of the Dallas Stars.

Whitney invited to camp

The Blues announced Saturday they are bringing veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a pro tryout basis. Blues training camp opens Thursday at Scottrade Center.

Whitney had four goals and 13 points in 34 games with the Edmonton Oilers. Always with an offensive touch, the fifth overall pick in the 2002 draft has 50 goals and 259 points in 474 NHL games.

On Monday, Blues General Manager Doug Armstron hinted the club might bring in additional defensemen as a contingency plan with restricted free agent Alex Pietrangelo still unsigned.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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