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Throwback Thursday: On This Day In Blackhawks History

By Josh Brink
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Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender Tony Esposito (Photo courtesy of

The second person to have their jersey retired on the same night of November 20, 1988 was another Chicago Blackhawks goalie, the great Tony Esposito #35. Nicknamed Tony-O for his amazing shutout abilities he played for the Chicago Blackhawks an amazing 15 seasons from 1969-1984. During that time frame he played in 873 games in front of the net while winning a franchise record 418 games and losing 302 also. Esposito also recorded 147 ties plus overtime/shootout losses. His goals against average was 2.93 but also had a whopping 74 shutouts. He still holds the franchise record for most shutouts in a career and also most shutouts in a single season with 15.

Along the way to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1988 and the retirement of his jersey, like Glenn Hall, Esposito also enjoyed many feats during his time in the league. He too won the Calder Memorial Trophy but also a Vezina Trophy the same year a rookie. The Vizina Trophy’s didn’t stop there though; he was able to earn 2 more of them in 1972 and 1974. The one thing Esposito was not able to accomplish during all of the season with the Chicago Blackhawks was winning a Stanley Cup, however he did get his name etched on it in 1969 as the backup of the Montreal Canadiens.

You can view his November 20, 1988 jersey retirement video here!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday which focused on this great day in Blackhawks history! Let’s start this Circus Trip out with a win tonight!

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