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TONY ESPOSITO (1968-1969)


Position G
Catch R
Weight 185lbs
Height 5'11"
Date of birth April 23rd, 1943
Place of birth Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Seasons - MTL 1
Other numbers 1,29
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
MIN Minutes on ice - Total number of minutes the goaltender has been on the ice
W Wins - Games the goaltender has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the goaltender has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
GA Goals against - Number of goals scoared against the goaltender
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
TOTALS 13 746 5 4 4 0 34 2 2.73
1968-1969 13 746 5 4 4 0 34 2 2.73
Originally from Sault St. Marie, Ontario, goaltender Tony Esposito joined the Montreal organization as a free agent on Sept. 29, 1967. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 19, 1968 against the Oakland Seals when he stepped in to replace Rogatien Vachon. Esposito made his first official start one week later, on Dec. 5, against the Boston Bruins and his brother Phil Esposito. Tony “O”, as was his nickname, played a total of 13 games with the Habs, during which he posted a record of 5-4-4, including two shutouts. With the Canadiens already counting the likes of Gump Worsley, Vachon and a young prospect named Ken Dryden within their goaltending ranks, Esposito was ultimately left unprotected during the intra-league draft and was picked up by the Chicago Blackhawks on Jun. 11, 1969.

Esposito began enjoying success right out of the gate, winning both the Calder and Vezina trophies in his first full season in the league. In 15 campaigns with the Blackhawks, he added another two Vezinas, took part in six All-Star Games and went on to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.