Former Canadian NHL star Tony Esposito has passed away after losing his battle against cancer.
The Chicago Blackhawks wrote on Twitter: – We are devastated by the loss of legend Tony Esposito, after he lost the battle against pancreatic cancer.
The family also shared a letter on behalf of the club.
For the Blackhawks and hockey family, Tony Esposito was the “Hall of Fame” goalkeeper. To us, he was a husband, father, and grandfather in the “Hall of Fame.” Chicago has felt right at home from the first day he arrived in 1969, thanks to the Wirtz family and the 18,000 fans who treated him like family every night at the stadium.
He was one of the best hockey ambassadors, says NHL Commissioner Gary Buttman in One Press release.
Esposito has had 16 seasons in the Premier League, fifteen of which are with the Chicago Blackhawks. There, he won the Esposito Vizzina Cup three times, the annual award for best goalkeeper.
He was the younger brother of Phil Esposito, who also had a big Black Hawk profile.
“Infuriatingly humble internet trailblazer. Twitter buff. Beer nerd. Bacon scholar. Coffee practitioner.”