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Chicago Blackhawks: Goalie Mount Rushmore

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Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks
Tony Esposito, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

The types of numbers Tony Esposito was able to accumulate throughout his tenure on the Blackhawks could each independently be recognized as a historic highlight. Yet, he was able to put them all together and shape it into a career unlike any other for this organization.

Outside of 13 games with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1968-69 season, the remaining 873 he played were all in a Blackhawks jersey and spanned 15 years. Even though his playing career ended in 1984, and despite the number of Blackhawks goalies that came and went in the meantime, Esposito is still revered to this day.

Perhaps it’s his 74 shutouts, which lead the team’s history in that category. Or, it could be the 418 wins he earned, which also tops the list of goalie stats. It could even be his multitude of All-Star appearances. And although he never won the Hart Memorial Trophy, as the player judged as most valuable to their team, he was part of that conversation seemingly every season.

Ultimately, it’s all of it.

Tony Esposito’s career numbers sit atop numerous Chicago Blackhawks all-time lists. He even earned 25 assists. Unfortunately, he never did win a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, but Esposito could do it all and his play proved that year in and year out.

Blackhawks Achievements

Calder Trophy: 1
Vezina Trophy: 3
All-Star Game: 11

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The Chicago Blackhawks have had their share of all-stars in net. But there’s no debate that these four names stand well above the rest, making up the franchise’s Goalie Mount Rushmore. Only time will tell if any up and comers change the conversation in the future.

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