Hull already in commentator mode

Thursday, January 11, 2007

NEW YORK -- Brett Hull is already sharing his opinion on some NHL uniforms -- they're ugly.

Hull, a former St. Louis Blues player. will make his NBC debut Saturday as studio analyst with host Bill Clement from The Rink at Rockefeller Center in the second season of the NHL on NBC.

Hull joins a broadcast team that includes Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olczyk.

"Hully promised me he won't take a slap shot at the windows that surround Rockefeller Center," producer Sam Flood said Wednesday.

The NHL on NBC will debut with three games on Saturday. Pittsburgh will visit Philadelphia, the New York Rangers host Boston, and Los Angeles travels to St. Louis.

Hull, doesn't expect to be the Charles Barkley of the NHL, but something close.

"As much as I love Charles and have know him for a long time, we're not exactly the same personality, although we run in the same vein," Hull said. "We say what we feel."

That includes pointing out the Buffalo's uniforms are "horrible," unlike the "classy, beautiful" styles of the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Hull is excited about the new talent in the league, including Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.

"There are so many unbelievable young people, it's up to us to bring it out to [the fans] -- how good they are, their personalities," he said. "That will make our game more popular. It's one of the reasons I decided to join the team. We should be climbing up the ladder."

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: