Brett Hull: 'No way to get caught' for off-ice antics in my era
Hall of Fame sniper Brett Hull believes the social media age has sucked the enjoyment from the hockey he knew during his playing days.
"We did the same things, we said the same things, but there was no way to get caught," Hull said on Sportsnet's "Hockey Central" on Friday. "We can go out after games, we can go to strip clubs, we can go to bars, and we could do whatever we wanted, and it would all be hearsay."
"The fun is gone," he added. "The game is not fun anymore to me."
Hull's comments are in reference to former Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic, whose contract was terminated Friday after derogatory messages from a group chat with his friends were leaked.
The 55-year-old also touched on how technology has lessened camaraderie and team bonding among players.
"These guys, they take their Xboxes on the road with them, and it's so sad. But it's the nature of the game, right? Do you want to go out and have everyone with their cell phone on you, or do you want to just make sure you don't get in trouble?"
Hull's playing career spanned from 1986-2006. He suited up for the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes across 19 seasons, registering 741 goals and 1,391 points while collecting two Stanley Cups, an MVP, and three All-Star nods.