Last year in Season 2, The Great Canadian Talk Show podcast released a special interview about the late hockey legend Bobby Hull, who brought major league hockey to Winnipeg in 1972 and carried a league that revolutionized the sport on his back.

With Hull’s longtime friend, broadcaster and sports executive Peter Young joining the show, we provided a history lesson about Winnipeg before Bobby Hull arrived to play for the Jets, and how our city changed after he jumped from the Black Hawks to the WHA and became an ambassador for our City. As January 3 is Hull’s birthday, ActionLine is repeating the episode:

10:00  Peter Young, PY The Sports Guy, joins the podcast. He talks about his career in Thunder Bay, being invited to Winnipeg in June 1974 and the luck he had in becoming the CKY-TV sports anchor. Hear about his 50 years of friendship with Hull; the experiences of travel in European countries where Hull, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg et al established their brand of hockey and made Winnipeg an international destination. Peter tells about the appreciation players had for Hull taking down the reserve clause and about Hull with his fans and his work with charities off-ice. 

From Marty as a fan in the end blues and from Peter doing TV play by play, hear of the dramatic night Hull tied Rocket Richard’s 50 goals in 50 games record against Gordie Howe and the Houston Areos on Valentine’s Day 1975. Peter tells about Howe and Hull ribbing Peter’s dad. You’ll hear a fan letter Hull got after that game from a family that ended up owning… the Jets. 

40.00  We talk about the ’74 WHA series against Russia, ’76 Canada Cup, and our perspectives of seeing the home squad beat the tremendous Russian and Czeck national teams

So many Bobby Hull imitations and memories – the broadcasters and athletes of the past – hear about Friar Nicholson, Don Jonas and more; listen to the experience of a blind kid in Philly, a former network anchor, and an ex-Chicago goalie – and of Hull trying to save a life in the Jets offices.Peter tells about some historical revisionism he put together for an MTN recap about the 1972 Canada-Russia series.

Here’s a video clip from this podcast:


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