Those standing in the cold outside of Kenwood Liquors in Oak Lawn Dec. 18 for hours to meet Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull can blame Hull himself for prolonging things.
Hull, who turns 75 on Jan. 3, didn’t just sign items and move on to the next fan. He talked with some at length. He posed for photos. He seemed to enjoy the fact that after all these years, people still love the man they call the Golden Jet.
“I’m here to see the legend,’’ said Oak Lawn’s Bill Carey, who had Hull sign his Blackhawks hat. “I never met him before. I was a little kids when he played but I love hockey and it’s great to get to meet him.’’
Hull’s NHL career spanned from 1954 through 1980. He played 15 years with the Blackhawks. He finished with 610 goals and 560 assists.
Donations were accepted for his signature and proceeds went to the Park Lawn Residential Center.
Hull was the third legendary Chicago sports figure to appear in the area in recent weeks. Earlier in the month, former Bears tight end and coach Mike Ditka and Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton appeared during the grand opening week of Binny’s Beverage Depot in Evergreen Park.