Tony Esposito, a Hallof Fame goaltender who spent 15 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, died Tuesday, according to the club.
Tony Esposito was 78 years old and his wife Marilyn Esposito is 65-67 years old.
The couple has 2 sons named Mark Esposito and Jason Esposito. According to Meaww.com, Jason is an executive chef who owns and operates the Engine No 9 restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida.
The sports pub launched in September 2012 and has since become a popular hangout for Blackhawks fans around the state. Jason had always wanted to play goaltender but chose to be a soccer goalkeeper instead, Marilyn told the Chicago Tribune in 1986.
Marilyn Esposito And Tony Esposito
Tony was survived by his wife Marilyn Esposito.
Marilyn is little known, however, her wife, famously told The Gazette that she did not want her children to follow in their father’s footsteps. In a 1973 interview with the newspaper, she stated, “They want to be known for themselves, not for who their dad is,”
She also described her spouse as a “loner” and a nervous guy, similar to other goalies. According to The-Sun.com, When Marilyn was 16 and Tony was 17, they met at a YMCA dance in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Six years later, during Tony’s final year of college, they married and relocated to Chicago, where he spent 15 years as a member of the Blackhawks.
Esposito grew up alongside his brother, future NHL player Phil Esposito, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
He was a member of the Michigan Tech hockey team in college. Esposito was known for being superstitious, being agitated by crossed hockey sticks and lining up his hockey sticks in a specific manner on a regular basis. Tony was inducted onto the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame in 2007, alongside his brother Phil.
The Chicago Blackhawks honored Esposito with “Tony Esposito Night” on March 19, 2008, during which he was formally recognized as a Blackhawks Ambassador.
Patrick Lalime and Nikolai Khabibulin, then-Blackhawk goaltenders, both donned Esposito’s #35 jerseys during pre-game warmups, and Khabibulin recorded a shutout in a Hawks 5–0 win over the Washington Capitals.
How Did Tony Esposito Die?
Esposito died of pancreatic cancer on August 10, 2021. In a statement, Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said, “Tony was one of the most important and popular figures in the history of the franchise as we near its 100th anniversary,”
“Four generations of our family — my grandfather Arthur, my father Bill, my son Danny and I — were blessed by his work ethic as a Hall of Fame goalie, but more importantly, by his mere presence and spirit.”
In every single ball hockey game we played as kids, one of the goalies was Tony Esposito. There were fights over who got to be Tony O that day. The man had style between the pipes. RIP. pic.twitter.com/wTPIjsEyKu
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