PHIL ESPOSITOGame 211 | July 21, 1972 | Lou Nanne, Phil Esposito
Nanne and Esposito grew up together in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. "Espo" played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruin' and New York Rangers. He was a first-team All-Star from 1969-1974. Playing on a line with Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfleld, with Bobby Orr on defense, Esposito led the Bruins to Stanley Cup victories in 1970 and 1972. A popular Boston bumper sticker of the time said, "Jesus saves, Esposito scores on the rebound."
Game 495 | April 12, 1996 | Phil Esposito
With professional hockey talking about expansion, a group from Tampa, Florida, enlisted Esposito's help in positioning that city as a possible expansion choice. When Tampa was selected in 1992, the former Boston Bruins great was named the team's president and general manager, positions he held until l998. As a player; he became the first man in NHL history to score more than 100 points in a season.
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