On this date in Blackhawks History.
On November 20, 1988 on the same night as Glenn Hall’s number was retired, the Blackhawks retired Tony Esposito’s #35.
Tony Esposito played 15 seasons for the Blackhawks and is the only member of the retired numbers club in Blackhawk history that I met while working at Southwest Ice Arena. Esposito leads the Hawks with the most shut outs all-time with 74 and is the all-time Hawks leader in wins with 418, and he ranks 8th all-time in wins. Esposito also was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
One of his only regrets would be the 1971 Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals when the Montreal Canadians Ken Dryden stole the Cup from the Hawks and Esposito.
Esposito is easily one of the greatest Hawks of all-time and he probably only has one wish today….
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