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Phil Esposito, C

Position: Center
HT/WT: 6'1", 205 lbs
Shoots: Left
Nickname(s): "Espo", "The Happy Worrier"

- 2-time Stanley Cup Winner
- Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (1984)
- 5-time Art Ross Trophy Winner
- 2-time Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
- Lou Marsh Trophy, as Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1972
- Lester Patrick Trophy (personifies contribution to hockey in the United States of America) in 1978.
- 6 acknowledgements for the NHL First All-Star Team, 2 acknowledgements for the NHL Second All-Star Team
- 717 goals, 1590 regular season points in 1282 games played.
- 61 goals, 137 playoff points in 130 games played.

From the HOH board, intangibles resource gathered from surveys answered by NHL coaches.


Best on faceoffs 3rd 1974
Best on faceoffs 3rd 1981
Best shot 3rd 1971
Best shot T-1st 1974
Best stickhandler 1st 1971
Most dangerous near goal 1st 1971
Most dangerous near goal 1st 1974
Most dangerous near goal 2nd 1976
Smartest player 2nd 1971
Smartest player 4th 1974

Originally Posted by Boris Mikhailov
This Phil was really something. If he felt like complaining, he complained. If he felt like yelling, he yelled. It was new to us, this childlike attitude. He didn't hide his emotions, as we were taught.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Esposito was teamed up with Bobby Orr in Boston, forming one of the most dynamic scoring duos in hockey history. Orr would dance around from his point position with no one knowing how to defend against hockey's first offensively dominant defenseman. Esposito would park himself in the slot, readying himself for a pass, a deflection or a rebound.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
In his very first year in Boston Espo led the entire league in assists. By year two He became the first player to break the 100 point plateau. In fact, he smashed the old record held by Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. Both of those magnificent Chicago players shared the record with 97 points in a single season.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Espo should be known as the greatest offensive force prior to Gretzky and Lemieux.
Originally Posted by
Leader By Example

While Paul Henderson has been forever immortalized for his series winning heroics, Phil Esposito's effort in the tournament was equally as memorable. In fact, almost every member of Team Canada would be quick to point out that Espo - their undisputed leader - was the real hero of the series.

Paul Henderson as said that seemingly everyday of his life someone thanks him for scoring the dramatic goal in Moscow. Thank you too, Phil Esposito.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
He was the centerman who held the greatest scoring record of them all before Wayne Gretzky came along and broke it - 76 goals in a single season in 1970-71. Espo won the Art Ross Trophy five times, the Hart Trophy twice, the Lester B. Pearson Award twice and the Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the United States. What's more, he was a ten-time All-Star and represented Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1977 World Championship. While a member of the Boston Bruins, he scored 40 or more goals in seven straight seasons and 50 or more in five straight seasons. In his 76-goal season, he also recorded an amazing 76 assists for a league record at the time of 152 points.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
The Black Hawks thought they were unloading an unproven talent to the Boston club, but in fact the trade only went in favor of the Bruins. Over his career in Beantown, he joined up with greats Bobby Orr, Wayne Cashman, Ken Hodge and Gerry Cheevers on a powerhouse team that won two Stanley Cups in three years.

While Espo was gaining a reputation among NHL coaches and fans as a goal scorer, his fellow players were also beginning to recognize that they were dealing with a real character and a practical joker in the dressing room and on road trips. He liked to smoke cigars, and one reporter, noting his constantly furrowed brow and droopy expression, started calling him "the Happy Worrier."
Originally Posted by Chidlovski
Phil Esposito is one of the top ranking scorers in the NHL history. Although he wasn’t a gracious skater and never showcased 1-on-1 mastery, his scoring talent was simply unprecedented. Most of his goals came from his work in front of the net and on the rebounds. Besides his scoring skills, he was a sound 2-way player contributing immensely into his team defense work. The Summit 1972 was a great example of Esposito’s team leadership.
Originally Posted by Chidlovski
Phil Esposito was Team Canada's leader in the 1972 Series. His series performance was superb and earned him an extremely high popularity among Soviet fans. He played in all 8 games and was an overall scoring leader with 13 points. Esposito was awarded with the games MVPs in Toronto, Vancouver and Moscow (Game 7).
Originally Posted by SIVault, November 19th, 1973
They sit on different sides of the Boston Bruins dressing room, unmindful of each other because of a paneled pole that probably keeps the old fusty Boston Garden from falling down. In a few minutes they will take on the champion Montreal Canadiens, but now Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr - the National Hockey League's only two-man team, are psyching themselves for the Great Hockey Show they will soon be staging again.

Like Ruth and Gehrig, Cousy and Russell, Hornung and Taylor, Esposito and Orr dominate their sport from the box office to the record books to the playing surface. They sell out nearly everywhere, even on a sunny day in California. When one of them does not win the scoring championship or the league's Most Valuable Player, the other one usually does. Indeed they have taken the last five scoring titles, and four of the last five MVP trophies.

Despite what others say about him, Esposito is the complete center, as he proved conclusively in Team Canada's games with the Soviet Union last year. He is tall and strong, as that prince of centers, Jean Beliveau, a man to cause terror whenever he skates within 20 feet of the net. He has hockey's best wrist shot, although he prefers to call it a "snap shot" and he invariably shoots without looking at the net. He estimates about "80%" of his goals each season come from either snap shots fairly close to the goal, or artful deflections. Once stationed in front of the net, the 210-pound Esposito is a difficult man to dislodge. He uses his long arms and powerful body to fend off defenseman while waiting for one of his wings, Wayne Cashman or Ken Hodge to get the puck from the corners or for Orr to blast away from the blueline.

Esposito, Hodge and Cashman have scored more points than any NHL line since coach Harry Sinden paired them together in 1969. One time when the St. Louis Blues rudely routed the Bruins, Center Walt Tkaczuk was stuck on Esposito, and followed him everywhere besides the dressing room, Esposito still managed to score two goals as the defensive center played as a firewall on him the entire game, Bobby Orr added the only other goal in a 7-3 Blues rout. Did anyone say two-man team?

Boston would be null without Orr, and void without Esposito.
Originally Posted by Phil Esposito
I have just developed a feel for where it is, just like John Havlicek has a knack for knowing where the basket is. Besides, taking even the quickest look at the net wastes precious time.
Summit Series Statistics

8 7 6 13 15 52 89 2

Originally Posted by Phil Esposito
It was war and, yes, hell for us whether we wanted it or not.

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