On This Date In Blackhawks History Part II

By Keith Schultz

Dec 17, 2010; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks legends Denis Savard (18) and Tony Esposito (35) and Jeremy Roenick (27) and Stan Mikita (21) celebrate with Chris Chelios (center) as he is honored before the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

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….