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Biographical Info

Unlike many Hall of Famers, Tony Esposito’s path to stardom was a long one. Esposito had a highly successful college hockey career at Michigan Tech, during which he was a 3-year hockey letter winner, a 3 time All American and led Michigan Tech to a 1965 National Championship, which also earned him a spot on the NCAA All Tournament Team. Following his successful college career, Esposito turned pro, but with the exception of 13 games with the Montreal Canadians during the 1968-69 season, spent the next two seasons in the minors. Prior to the 1969-70 season, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed Esposito off of waivers and the rest is history. After an outstanding first full NHL season, Esposito won both the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year and the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. Esposito would also go on to win 2 more Vezina Trophies (1972, 1974) throughout his career. Not bad for a guy who didn’t make the NHL fulltime until the age of 26. Esposito was enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. In retirement, Esposito served briefly as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and as Chief Scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1992 to 1998.

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