The Third Best Hull


172 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 1-55022-360-7
DDC 796.962'092





Reviewed by Janet Money

Janet Money, a former sports editor of the Woodstock Daily
Sentinel-Review, is a Toronto-based freelance writer.


If you’ve attended a sports dinner in the last 20 years, you may have
seen Dennis Hull in action as an after-dinner speaker. If you like jock
talk and jokes about going bald, you probably thought he was very funny.

The younger brother of former great Bobby Hull and uncle of Brett has
now written a memoir that attempts to be humorous. It covers Dennis’s
playing minor hockey in Pointe Anne, Ontario, and Belleville, and then
following in Bobby’s footsteps and breaking into the National Hockey
League. Much space is devoted to longtime Chicago Blackhawk coach Billy
Reay, whom Hull esteemed highly.

Like a joke retold too many times, the information presented in the
book often comes across as stale and tired. However, the fact that The
Third Best Hull ultimately falls flat in no way diminishes its
author’s impressive NHL career.


Hull, Dennis, with Robert Thompson., “The Third Best Hull,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 16, 2024,