Esposito, who won a Stanley Cup as a backup goaltender with Montreal in 1969, was instrumental for Chicago on two trips to the final, in 1971 and 1973, but the Blackhawks lost to the Canadiens each time. .
During the 1969-1970 season, Esposito recorded 15 shutouts, a mark unmatched for the modern NHL era. George Hainsworth holds the record for most shutouts in a season, recording 22 in the 1928-1929 season with the Montreal Canadiens. Two other goalies from the 1920s share the mark of 15 shutouts in one season.
“Tony was one of the most important and popular figures in franchise history as we approach his 100th birthday,” Rocky Wirtz, team president, said in a statement. “Four generations of our family – my grandfather Arthur, my father Bill, my son Danny and I – have been blessed by his work ethic as a Hall of Fame goaltender, but more importantly, by his work ethic as a Hall of Fame goaltender. simple presence and its spirit. “
Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, said in a statement: “From coming to Windy City in the late 1960s to an illustrious playing career and decades as a franchise icon, Tony has left a indelible mark, both on the ice and in the community. – over the next 52 years.
Anthony James Esposito was born on April 23, 1943 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the son of Patrick Esposito, director of a steel company, and Frances DiPietro.