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Phil Esposito Biography
Philip Anthony Esposito (born February 20, 1942 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) was one of the best professional ice hockey players of the 1960s and 1970s.

Originally a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, he was traded to the Boston Bruins where he became the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season with 126 in the 1968-1969 season. Esposito was named to the All-NHL 1st team six consecutive times (from 1969 to 1974), and was named league MVP in 1969 and 1974. His Boston fans printed and displayed bumper stickers during his best years to celebrate his scoring: they read, "Jesus saves. Espo scores on the rebound."

Since his retirement, he has served in administrative positions for several teams in the National Hockey League, and was the President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning for several years during the 1990s. He is brother to another hockey great, Tony Esposito. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In 1972, he won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding male athlete of the year.

Career highlights:

Scored 778 goals and 949 assists
Voted NHL First Team All-Star from 1969 to 1974
Voted NHL Second Team All-Star in 1968 and 1975
Won the Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the league's leading scorer in 1969, 197, and 1974
Awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player in 1969 and 1974
Given the Lester B. Pearson Award in 1971 and 1974
Awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1978
Participated in 10 NHL All-Star contests
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