21 Facts About Phil Esposito


Philip Anthony Esposito is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, coach and executive, and current broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Phil Esposito is considered one of the greatest players of all time, and is the older brother of fellow Hall-of-Famer Tony Esposito, a goaltender.

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The elder Phil Esposito served as the franchise's first president and general manager until 1998; he now serves as Tampa Bay's radio colour commentator.

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In 2017, Phil Esposito was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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Phil Esposito signed with the Chicago Black Hawks as a teenager and was assigned to the Sarnia Legionnaires Jr.

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Midway through the 1964 season, Phil Esposito was called up to the parent Black Hawks to make his NHL debut.

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In 1967, Phil Esposito was dealt with Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield to the Boston Bruins in a blockbuster trade.

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Phil Esposito would fall a single point shy in 1970, then reached triple digits again the next five years running.

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Phil Esposito was named to the NHL's first All-Star team six consecutive times, and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1969 and 1974.

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Phil Esposito set the single-season point-scoring record in 1971 with 152, a mark later raised by Gretzky to 215.

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Phil Esposito holds the Boston record for most playoff hat-tricks with four, one of which was a four-goal game versus Toronto in 1969.

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Phil Esposito scored the first goal of the series and he scored or assisted four times in the deciding game.

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Phil Esposito played for Canada in the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976, on a line with Hall-of-Famers Bobby Hull and Marcel Dionne.

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Phil Esposito retired in 1981, behind only Gordie Howe in career goals and total points, and third in assists to Howe and Stan Mikita.

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Phil Esposito moved on to found the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning but faced competition from the Compuware Group, which wanted to place a team in nearby St Petersburg, Florida.

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Phil Esposito remains the team's radio colour commentator and co-hosts a daily call-in show on SiriusXM's SiriusXM NHL Network Radio channel.

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Phil Esposito was "visibly moved" when Bourque showed the Boston Garden crowd his new number, which he used for the rest of his career.

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Phil Esposito was on hand in Boston to hand Bourque his retired number after the latter retired.

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Phil Esposito's younger brother Tony is an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Phil Esposito makes an appearance in the 2015 animated Christmas special, The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale, both as a young ballet dancer's imaginary mentor and as the actual person performing a cameo in The Nutcracker.

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Phil Esposito appeared in a recurring role for several episodes as a fire chief in Denis Leary's FX show Rescue Me.

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