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Tony Esposito

Born:April 23, 1943Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Sault St. Marie, OntarioPosition:G
Known For:Butterfly Style PioneerShoots/Catches:Right
National Team:Canada/United States

Anthony James “Tony O” Esposito (April 23, 1943 – August 10, 2021) was a Canadian-American former professional ice hockey goaltender, who played in the National Hockey League, most notably for the Chicago Black Hawks. He was one of the pioneers of the now popular butterfly style. Tony is the younger brother of Phil Esposito, a center. Both brothers had notable careers and are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2017 Esposito was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history. He passed away on Aug 10, 2021, at the age of 78.

Tony Esposito
BOSTON, MA – 1970’s: Tony Esposito #35 of the Chicago Black Hawks tends goal in game against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Achievements

  • All-WCHA First Team — 1965, 1966, 1967
  • AHCA West All-America — 1965, 1966, 1967
  • NCAA All-Tournament First Team — 1965
  • NCAA Champion — 1965
  • Stanley Cup Champion — 1969
  • Calder Memorial Trophy — 1970
  • Vezina Trophy — 1970, 1972, 1974
  • NHL First Team All-Star — 1970, 1972, 1980
  • NHL Second Team All-Star — 1973, 1974
  • NHL All-Star Game — 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1980
  • No. 35 Jersey Retired by Blackhawks — 1988
  • Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame — 1988

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