Legendary Hockey Hall of Fame great Phil Esposito was in Niagara this past weekend to lend a hand for charity. Esposito was in Niagara for an event at the ScotiaBank Centre and was the guest of honour for the ceremonial puck drop at the Hockey Night in St.Catharines charity game. He also found time during his stay to visit the Sheraton on the Falls to take in the spectacular view.
Esposito played 18 seasons in the NHL the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He is considered one of the best to have ever played in the NHL, and is the older brother of fellow Hall-of-Famer Tony Esposito, a goaltender. In 1969 he became the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season, far eclipsing the “century” mark with a record 126. Before turning pro, Esposito played for the St. Catharines Teepees during the 1961-62 hockey season.
Esposito also helped lead Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series as leading scorer in the series. He also scored the first goal of the Summit Series and he scored two and assisted on two goals in the eighth and deciding game. Esposito won the 1972 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s outstanding male athlete of the year and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.