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Tony Esposito

Retired As A Player

During his last season in the NHL, 1983-84, Esposito was one of the oldest players in the league, and had problems with his coach, Orval Tessier. Esposito refused to play in the last game of the regular season, after being benched when he lost on February 5. Esposito was not invited to the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp in September 1984, then was released by the team.


1943 Born on April 23 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
1962-63 Plays for the Junior A Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1963-67 Attends Michigan Technical University as scholarship athlete
1967 Graduates from Michigan Tech with degree in business; turns professional as a hockey player; plays for the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Hockey League
1968-69 Plays in 19 games for the Houston Apollos of the Central Hockey League; Joins the Montreal Canadiens for 13 games
1969 Picked up by Chicago Blackhawks in the intraleague draft
1969-84 Appears in post-season every year with the Blackhawks
1984 Retires from professional hockey after being released by the Blackhawks
1988 Becomes general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1989 Fired as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1992 Becomes director of hockey operations and assistant general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightening
1998 Fired from Tampa Bay Lightening

Awards and Accomplishments

1965 Won NCAA championship with Michigan Tech; NCAA West First All-American Team; WCHA First Team All-Star; NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
1966-67 WCHA First Team All-Star; NCAA West First All-American Team
1970 Won Vezina Trophy as NHL's best goaltender; Won Calder Trophy as best rookie; All-Star (first team); appeared in All-Star game
1971 Played in All-Star Game
1972 Won Vezina Trophy (with Gary Smith); All-Star (first team); played in All-Star Game
1973 All-Star (second team); played in All-Star Game
1974 Won Vezina Trophy (tied with Philadelphia Flyer Bernie Parent); All-Star (second team); played in All-Star game
1980 All-Star (first team); played in All-Star game
1988 Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame; his number 35 was retired by the Chicago Blackhawks

After the release, Esposito retired as a player. When he retired, his regular season record was 423-307-151, with seventy-six shutouts and a 2.92 goals against average. In ninety-nine playoff games, he had a 3.07 goals against average and six shutouts. While he played with the Blackhawks, the team made the playoffs every season. In 1988, Esposito was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the same year his number was retired by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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