Hull quickly blossomed into a star, finishing second in the rookie of the year balloting his first season. Hull originally wore numbers 16 and 7 as a Black Hawk but later switched to his famous number 9, a tribute to his childhood idol Gordie Howe. By his third season, he led the league in goal- and point-scoring. He went on to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 1961.
Though it was his only win of the Stanley Cup, Bobby Hull is felt to be one of the greatest hockey players to have ever played.In 2011, statues of Hull and Stan Mikita were installed outside the United Center, where the Blackhawks currently play.