All Time Blackhawks

Throwback Thursday: Tony Esposito

By Josh Brink
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Tony Esposito # 35

Chicago Blackhawks Career – (1969-1984)

Games – 873

Wins – 418

Losses – 302

T/O – 147

GAA – 2.93

Shutouts – 74

Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 1988

#35 jersey retired by Chicago Blackhawks 1988

It is that time of the week again where we spotlight a throwback player from the Chicago Blackhawks past. This week’s selection for Throwback Thursday is Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito. I hope this may bring back some of those special memories of his playing time with the Chicago Blackhawks and if not maybe it will shed some light on a player you may not have known much about.

At the beginning of the 1969-70 season the Chicago Blackhawks claimed Tony Esposito off of waivers from the Montreal Canadiens in what was known at the time as the intra-league draft. It did not take him long to shine and become the everyday starter in a role filling Glenn Hall’s pads after he had been claimed by the St. Louis Blues in the expansion draft of 1967. Tony Esposito recorded the current Blackhawks and NHL record for shutouts with a total of 15 in his rookie campaign and earned the nickname Tony “O” due to his shutout abilities. As a result of his great play he earned the Calder and Vezina Trophy in his rookie season.