All Time Blackhawks

Blackhawks: Ranking Best Players All-Time Per Position

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks
Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

Tony Esposito – Goalie

Tony Esposito is the greatest goalie in Blackhawks’ history by far. “Tony – O” earned that nickname after setting the rookie record for shutouts in 1969-70 with 15. In his rookie season, he’d win the Calder Trophy and the Vezina Trophy.

Throughout Esposito’s career, he would win two more Vezina Trophies, be a five-time All-Star, and be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In his career, Esposito won 423 games, lost 306, and tied 152 games with 76 shutouts. Sadly, that success didn’t translate to the playoffs, winning just 43 playoff games while losing 53 in 99 games played.

He took the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 1971 and 1973, falling short both times. Even though he didn’t bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago, he made them contenders when they shouldn’t have even been there in the first place.

The Blackhawks built a team where Esposito was the backbone of the team. He retired in 1984 at 40 years old after 16 seasons in the NHL.