After playing just 5 games into his 19th NHL season, Brett Hull announced his retirement on Friday. The circumstances around his sudden retirement are unfortunate, as he was off to a slow start and looked somewhat out of place in this "new NHL". Brett Hull
ends his career with 741 regular season goals, only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe have scord more often in NHL history. He played with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes over his great hockey career - winning two Stanley Cups with the Stars and Red Wings.
At his retirement press conference in Glendale, Arizona, Hull spoke with great emotion with his family, close hockey friends and teammates present. "I wish no one had to do this because it's so hard, it's hard because you never think you're going to grow older and be unable to live up to the expectations you set for yourself," said Hull. "There's an old expression, and I don't know who said it - 'The mind is willing but the body isn't'
. I realized I wasn't who I thought I was. I wasn't Brett Hull at 30 or 35 even. I was 41 years old and after a year and a half layoff, I didn't have what it took to play in the new game that was so exciting." Hull is a lock to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and as one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history, he will be missed greatly.