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Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito Passed Away

The Chicago Blackhawks with the sad news of Tony Esposito passing after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 78.

Below, catch all kinds of highlights of Tony 'O'.

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NEW YORK (Aug. 10, 2021) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement on the passing of Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito:

“The National Hockey League, the Chicago Blackhawks and the city of Chicago lost a beloved member of the hockey family earlier today with the passing of Tony Esposito,” Commissioner Bettman said. “From his arrival in the Windy City in the late 1960s through an illustrious playing career and decades as a franchise icon, Tony left an indelible mark – both on the ice and in the community – over the next 52 years. Beyond the individual awards – and there were many, including a Calder Trophy, numerous All-Star and Vezina Trophy recognitions, and ultimately election to the Hockey Hall of Fame – it was Esposito’s style, charisma and heart that endeared him most to hockey fans not only in Chicago but across the NHL. ‘Tony O’ was a fierce competitor who also took great pride in being an entertainer, whether it was with his pioneering butterfly style during his playing days or interacting with fans across the League as one of this game’s great ambassadors.

“The hockey world will miss him greatly. The NHL family extends its deepest sympathies to his wife, Marilyn, sons Mark (Kim) and Jason, and grandchildren Lauren and Kamryn.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/10/21 at 05:30 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Probably Michigan Tech’s most famous hockey product.  RIP.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 08/10/21 at 06:03 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

So sad. I enjoyed watching him play. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 08/10/21 at 06:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

RIP, Tony O.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/10/21 at 07:09 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I like to think that up in heaven tonight there is a 0-0 tie with Tony ‘O’ vs Terry Sawchuck….one of Sault St. Marie’s great ones.

Posted by Down River Dan on 08/10/21 at 08:38 PM ET

BIGFOOT88's avatar

Yup - great goalie ! 

He was just soooo overshadowed by his Bro, that i believe he never really got the pub or the respect he deserved. I kinda always felt sorry for him….

Phil Esposito (Espo) was a HUGELY popular player back in the Bruins hey-day (late 60’s/early 70’s) ...and he just totally eclipsed his little brother’s accomplishments.

R.I.P. Tony O !!!


Posted by BIGFOOT88 on 08/10/21 at 08:55 PM ET

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