ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Joe Buck’s in-depth interview with St. Louis Blues executive vice president Brett Hull, aired Wednesday night on Audience.
The hour-long special with “The Golden Brett” is a must-watch for any Blues fan or hockey enthusiast. Hull explains why he “hated skating” as a kid and never seemed to quite live up to what his professional hockey player father expected. He talks about playing in front of the “electric” crowds in the St. Louis Arena and the ultimate fallout in St. Louis, caused by head coach Mike Keenan.
The “Tyrant” Coach Keenan
Hull told the story of one night during the 1995-96 season with St. Louis, the team was playing in Buffalo. Dale Hawerchuk, who Hull says could be among the 100 greatest players of all-time, was looking forward to being able in front of his family, including his grandmother. Hull says Hawerchuk believed this would be the last time she would get to watch him play.
Keenan benched Hawerchuk that game and Hull says he “snapped.” Keenan took the captains “C” away from Hull.
“You can take it,” Hull says to Buck during the interview. “That’s the lowest thing I’ve ever seen…if that’s what it means, then they can have it.”
Cockroaches in the Arena
The St. Louis Arena was the home of the Blues from its inaugural season in 1967 though 1994, although it changed its name in 1977 to the Checkerdome. Hull remember the building fondly, even when talking about the cockroaches he said players often found inside their skates.
Watch part of that conversation here:
Off The Ice
Hull played in the NHL from the age of 22 until he was 41. Lets just say he’s got some stories…
He shares some of his hijinks with Buck:
The interview was aired on DirecTV (Channel 239) and AT&T U-Verse (channel 114 or 1114), it can also be found on the DirecTV and U-Verse mobile apps and at directv.com and uverse.com