05/27/2008 5:16 PM
- From ChicagoBlackhawks.com: (link)
The Chicago Blackhawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, announced today that Blackhawks Ambassadors and Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito will sing the famed 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field this Friday, May 30, during the Cubs’ matinee game versus the Colorado Rockies.
The baseball game is scheduled for a 1:20 P.M. start and will be broadcast locally by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN Radio AM 720, both broadcasting partners of Blackhawks hockey.
Hull is the Blackhawks’ all-time leader in goals scored with 604 during his 15 seasons with the club. He was a First Team All-Star selection ten times and a Second Team selection twice. Hull was also awarded the Lady Byng Trophy following the 1964-65 season. He was also the first player in NHL history to score more than 50 goals in a season, when he netted 52 goals in the 1966-67 season. He won the Art Ross trophy three times and the Hart Trophy two times during his career. “The Golden Jet” was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and had his number retired by the Blackhawks that same year.
Mikita holds the Blackhawks’ all-time records for most games played (1,394), most seasons played (22), most career points (1,467) and most career assists (926). He won the Art Ross Trophy by leading the league in scoring four times and the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player twice. Only one player in NHL history has won the Art Ross, Hart and Lady Byng (for sportsmanship) Trophies in the same season and Mikita did it twice in consecutive years, claiming all three awards in both the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and was the first Blackhawks player ever to have his number retired.
A 1988 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Esposito spent 15 of his 16 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks and was a First Team All-Star selection in 1970, 1972, and 1980 and was a Second Team All-Star selection in 1973 and 1974. He shared the Vezina Trophy with teammate Gary Smith in 1972 and shared the Vezina with Philadelphia’s Bernie Parent in 1974. He appeared in six NHL All-Star games, from 1970-74 and 1980, accumulating a 2.55 GAA. During his NHL career, Esposito compiled a 423-306-151 record and ranks as the fourth winningest goaltender in NHL history. His 76 career shutouts ranks eighth in NHL history.