Tony Esposito
Tony Esposito was a legendary Hall of Fame goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Published by The Times and Democrat on Aug. 11, 2021.
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Tony O!
You were my favorite Blackhawk of all time. Memories of those cold Chicago nights listening to my transistor radio under the covers as 10 yr old. Then later in life actually meeting you in person while delivering a Fedex package to your home. He was so humble and gracious. I will treasure that moment along with the autographed photo he gave me forever. My heart goes out to the Esposito family. We lost a legend!
Frank Torres
Friend
October 13, 2021
Though I never met him, Tony had a huge influence on my life. As an all-star athlete, person and consummate gentleman, he taught me life lessons from afar as an endurer, innovator and hard worker. When I was 5 years old I received a wool Blackhawks jersey. I masking taped '35' on the back and wore it to school almost every day. Growing up on the Manitoba prairies I'd put on my snowsuit with my shortwave radio under my arm and lie down in the field where the reception was best
on a frigid, star-filled January night. I'd tune into Chicago's WBBM and listen to Tony plying his trade for my Hawks. It was magic. Sincere condolences to Marilyn and the Esposito family.
Sean
October 11, 2021
A Blackhawk fan since 1965, and always was a fan of Tony O. He will always be the greatest goaltender of all time. He will always be in spirit with the Blackhawks.



Mike Jeczala
October 7, 2021
I was Tony's Equipment Manager in 1976. Tony invited me to have Christmas dinner with his family, because I was by myself! I never forgot his kindness and generosity! RIP my friend
Ian Blundy
Coworker
October 2, 2021
Dear members of the Esposito family: When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, I always wanted to play goalie. Tony was my hero. My uncle (Paul Hruby, for whom the Ridgeland Commons skating rink in Oak Park is named) was very involved in youth hockey, and took me to Gunzo's one day to get me a goalie stick. That was the beginning of a life-long love for the position of goalie, the Blackhawks, and Tony-0. My Dad always called me Peter-0, as a way of showing me his love and realization of what hockey meant to me. My Dad passed away just two weeks ago at the age of 95. The night before, when I spoke with him, he answered the phone in his usual fashion...."Hello Peter-O!" I pray that Dad is sitting with Tony-O right now in heaven, kabitzing about this story. My condolences to the entire Esposito family.
Peter Marzek
Acquaintance
September 20, 2021
Tony I only knew you and Marilyn a short time at sea hags I considered you both my friends you are missed
Rocky Templeton
Friend
September 16, 2021
I am a native Chicagoan and still a Blackhawks fan even having left the area in 1998.
One of Tony's favorite post-game restaurants was Brunetti's on 31st street in Brookfield. I'd seen him and his entouarge several times in the semi-private room off the main dining room. One night, I was eating alone after I my shift, just after he arrived, I walked over and said hello and offered my respects to a fellow goaltender. Tony was beyond friendly and cordial. As a few of his friends slowly filed into the restaurant, Tony told me to go back to my table, get my wine glass and join him and his guests for dinner. I sat just to his left and I felt like royalty. I've met a lot of famous people having been in the Chicago restaurant business myself, but never before nor since, did I feel so genuinely welcomed and accepted as just a "regular guy". We laughed continuously. He was a gentleman. I had the veal parmesan.
Jim McCormick
Acquaintance
September 6, 2021
To the family, many, many friends, and fans to one of the legendary Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks Tony Esposito. His had many contributions to his community, He was especially known for pioneering the butterfly goalie style in the hockey sport world. May the love and the special memory you shared with him show just how much your life was touched by him. May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with this precious loss in your lives.
Tony
September 3, 2021
I was re-watching the second game of the Russia-Canada series (1972) tonight when I learned of Tony’s passing. Tony was first star along with Phil with Canada winning 4-1. Tony earned my respect as one of the very best NHL goalies ever. May you RIP.
Martin Roberts
September 2, 2021
My condolences.
August 30, 2021
Dear Marilyn, Mark, Jason, and Phil, My deepest condolences for the passing of your beloved husband, father, and brother. He was a classy guy, an absolute joy to watch, and a real gamer. What a wonderful role model for preparation, longevity, and giving it all he had. There was no 'half stepping" with Tony. The proof is in all the best wishes, memories, and sadness expressed from all his admirers. I wonder how many people chose to play hockey because of Tony's influence. He will be missed. Tony! Ton! Tony-O!!! May his memory be eternal. Respectfully, Steve
Steve Yannias
August 20, 2021
I never really cared much about hockey until I met Tony. I remember him talking me thru some of the Lightening games with an insight that only could come from a really nice person- a regular guy as they say. I am sorry for his family and wish them the best during this difficult time. John Marks
John Marks
Friend
August 19, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the Esposito family. May God who is tender in mercy and abundant in loving kindness be with you at this difficult time.
August 18, 2021
Dear Mrs. Esposito, Mark, Jason and the extended Esposito family,

I wish I could explain how deeply sad I feel learning of the passing of Mr. Esposito. As a young girl, I had the privilege of spending Sunday and Wednesday nights sitting on the glass watching him, Phil, and Bobby play in the Barn. My father was friends and a business associate of a gentleman named Claude Bersch. Our families became friends also. One of my fondest memories was a Christmas party at their home where the Espisito's, Hull's and Nancy Faust and her family attended. Everyone was so kind and gracious, especially Mr. Esposito. I will never forget his kindness that day and the times we saw him at the Stadium. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. I am praying for all of you as you move through the challenges of the coming months. Godspeed Mr. Esposito. ❤
Christianne Hodina
Acquaintance
August 17, 2021
Dear Mrs. Esposito, Mark, Jason and the extended Esposito family,

I wish I could explain how deeply sad I feel learning of the passing of Mr. Esposito. As a young girl, I had the privilege of spending Sunday and Wednesday nights sitting on the glass watching him, Phil, and Bobby play in the Barn. My father was friends and business associates of a gentleman named Claude Bersch. Our families became friends also. One of my fondest memories was a Christmas party at their home where the Espisito's, Hull's and Nancy Faust and her family attended. Everyone was so kind and gracious, especially Mr. Esposito. I will never forget his kindness that day and the times we saw him at the Stadium. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. I am praying for all of you as you move through the challenges of the coming months. Godspeed Mr. Esposito. ❤
Christianne Hodina
Acquaintance
August 17, 2021
I have fond memories of Tony and Marilyn when they lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area, and Tony was the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I offer my sincere condolences during this difficult time to Marilyn and the entire Esposito family. May Tony rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Barbara (Curran) Rauch
August 17, 2021
I have fond memories of Tony and his wife Marilyn when they lived in Pittsburgh, PA, when Tony was the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of sorrow. May he rest in peace in the arms of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Barbara (Curran) Rauch
August 17, 2021
My condolences go out to the Esposito family on the death of Tony. He will be missed by family and the sports world.
LeeRoy
August 17, 2021
The one & only reason I played the game... fellow lefty-goalie and fantastic person, Tony, you'll live forever...
Micheal Lochen
Acquaintance
August 16, 2021
Heart broken to hear of Tony passing away this suddenly. Unfortunately this type of cancer is of that nature, our family just lost a younger member to the same thing. Tony "O" is the ONLY reason I never considered playing any other position on the ice which I still do at 66. Class all the way on and off the ice. Sincere condolences to the rest of the family. #35 always remembered.
Dean Light
August 15, 2021
Tony you were the best .I am Hawaks fan. Your wife and family will be in my prayers.
Sharlene Campbell
August 14, 2021
To Marilyn,
My sincerest condolences. I met you during your time here in Pittsburgh. You both are such kind and generous people. We enjoyed your friendship. May you find peace and know that he is with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Virginia Pelly
Acquaintance
August 14, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Esposito family. Thanks for the memories Tony.
August 14, 2021
Thanks for all the great memories Tony O !!
William Kushnerik
August 14, 2021
my dad will be waiting for him. they were true and good friends. I am blessed with a large photo of Tony, and signed. I was always away at school, so I never got a chance to see him more than just a quick hello, but he made the day for my dad. God bless him
Dr. Louis Seno
August 14, 2021
Thanks for the wonderful memories you gave us Tony. You are the reason I became an NHL and Chicago Black Hawk fan. You were an example of what total class was. RIP Tony O.
Rick Boggs
August 14, 2021
Really the unsung hero of the ‘72 Summit Series, his outstanding play in goal saved the series for Team Canada, far outplaying Dryden and Tretiak. I will always remember Tony for this and his iconic mask. Deepest sympathies to the entire family. May God bless you.
Don M.
August 14, 2021
Kent Sivadge
August 14, 2021
Rest In Peace Espo.
Steve Bent
August 14, 2021
You were a great hockey player and teammate... But an even better human.
Frank Davis
Acquaintance
August 14, 2021
Heartbroken... Not only did Mr. Esposito bring pride to all Blackhawks fans, but to all us kids, who played along side his son Mark, during those many times he brought his joy and generosity to our Elmhurst Little League teams back in the 70's. He very often was there to lend his support and good will. I will always remember that as a fixture of my youth. Mark, haven't seen you since our High School days at York, but I'll always treasure your father's presence and support around the ballfield and the rink. Peace to You and Yours.
John O'Donnell
August 14, 2021
My sincerest condolences go to the Esposito family. Tony was a classmate of mine at Michigan Tech, and I am still a good friend of the 1965 hockey team captain. Tony and his team were outstanding both on and off the ice.
Paul Beebe
August 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to Tony's family.
Tony was my boyhood idol and here growing up in Toronto and Orangeville and it was great playing street hockey in my first Tony Esposito jersey. It was purchased by my Dad at Bumbacco sports in the Soo. I treasured that jersey as it meant the world to me. After outgrowing it I still have the crest displayed in my shrine to the Blackhawks. Just finished decorating my office with images of Tony from a 1972 Blackhawk program.
RIP Tony, my hero
Stephen Ceolin
Friend
August 13, 2021
A true legend, my boyhood hero! Spent many days being Tony O in our street hockey games growing up in Toronto and Orangeville Ontario.
Stephen Ceolin
August 13, 2021
I remember Tony as a fellow Michigan Tech student. We had a number of classes together and often shared notes and test possibilities. Always fun to be with. Our sympathies to his wife Marilyn and family
Bob Piersma
Classmate
August 13, 2021
My heart goes out to you, Marilyn and the boys. Tony was a wonderful person and we had great times with you both.
Gladys Towell
Friend
August 13, 2021
Thank you for all the memories may the lord be with you tony o and the family who mourns you if it wasn’t for tony O Canada would not have beaten the Russians in the summit series 1972 and his brother Phil love you all god bless ☮❤
Aldo Leonetti
August 13, 2021
My mentor. My hero, my friend. My sorrow is deep.
Roger Lis
Friend
August 13, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the Chicago Blackhawks Organization & most of all, the Esposito family. TonyO was a major influence on my life growing up. Because of him, I became a goaltender, Blackhawks fan, & hockey fan. Most importantly, he taught me to take responsibility for myself! There are no alibis and there is no finger pointing! You do your job and do it to the best of your ability! He also taught me to be humble. I wanted to be like him. Despite being an NHL superstar, whenever I met Mr. Esposito, he was always friendly and made me feel like I mattered. Thank you TonyO for everything you did for the Hawks, Hawks fans, the NHL, the City of Chicago, & for me! God love you and God bless your family. May you always Rest In Peace
Mark Tanabe
Acquaintance
August 13, 2021
Praying for the Tony Esposito family upon the passing of Tony. What a genuine and loving man! A Tru Blackhawk. Thank You for the wonderful memories, Tony. May you rest in peace with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Janet Hertzfeldt
Friend
August 13, 2021
Will truly miss you Tony O. You will always be remembered as one of the greatest goalies in Blackhawk and NHL history, but also as a great ambassador for the Blackhawks.
Larry Doranski
Friend
August 13, 2021
I had the good fortune of meeting Tony in his start to his career in Montreal. Later on had the opportunity to rub shoulders with him at he beginnings of what would be the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was a classy and charming gentleman who made you feel good. Great guy who will be missed. Thank you Tony Esposito. RIP
Joe Sardano & Family
Joe Sardano
August 13, 2021
There no goalie in the history of the NHL that I admired more then Tony O. He is why I've been an enormous Blackhawks fan for over 40 years... RIP my hero!!
Pete Marconi
Friend
August 13, 2021
A true legend of hockey and the Blackhawks. RIP Tony O. Never forgotten.
Benjamin Holmertz
August 12, 2021
My boyhood hero gone but not EVER to be forgotten.
Many hours emulating his great goaltending all winter long in.the streets of Chicago...
God bless you TONY O...
Aram Dakarian
Friend
August 12, 2021
I met you when you visited relatives in st Catharines on white stret. You let us play road hockey with your pads that went up to my neck I was like 8 yrs old in 1973. It was around that time. I am not sure who the family was you visited but you made me into a hockey player and to this day I still play drop in with old timers. Rest in peace sir. You were an icon and legend
Brian Courteau
Friend
August 12, 2021
I grew up watching TONY in the net when I had Hawks Tickets in the 80s! Had the pleasure of meeting him in St. Louis after a playoff game! What a wonderful guy, had no problem talking with us after the game. Friendly and down to work and happy after the win! Praying for the family both personal and his hockey family! Thanks for the memories Tony O!
Noreen Kuenster
Acquaintance
August 12, 2021
Tony was the fastest track runner for 100yds, and set Nossa records when at St. Mary's College in Sault Ste Marie. He also was the first footbalI fullback to score on Soo Collegiate in 5 yrs. was an equipment mgr and stats and fellow student 1961-65. He could run like a deer...R.I.P.
Joe Spina
August 12, 2021
God bless you Tony. You were my Boyhood Idol in the early 70s. I remember watching you when you came to Vancover to take on the Canucks even at 7 years old I knew who you were and absolutely had to get to the game to cheer you on thanks to my brother I was able to see you in action several times. I had the honour of meeting Tony at a card siding in Vancouver back in 2008 I asked him about playing for Team Canada he was as honest and genuine as you would want anyone to be. My condolences to the Esposito family on a great man and a hockey Legend.
Eric Sorensen
Friend
August 12, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Rest In Peace.
Acquaintance
August 12, 2021
You will be missed dearly
Goldie
Acquaintance
August 12, 2021
Tony, Tony,Tony. Said it often as he made an outstanding save. A class gentleman. RIP #35.
God Bless
James Covington
Acquaintance
August 12, 2021
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace.
Tony Esposito was a name I grew up with. My dad was an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and we spent many a night gathered around the television watching them play. We had a tabletop hockey game and of course, Tony was “in the net” when we named our little steel men “on the ice.” I was fortunate to have met him in person a few years back. He was so kind and took the time to have an actual conversation with me. No big ego. Just a big heart.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Catherine Bessen
August 12, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Esposito Family, May the God of Comfort take care of as he mends and builds up your grieving hearts. May he give you peace and strength as you cope with your precious loss. Tony left a legacy behind that will never be forgotten.
BRY
August 12, 2021
You will always be loved by Hawk fans.
August 12, 2021
Truly an icon and a legend, heartfelt sympathies to the Esposito family, may God be with all of you at this time.
August 12, 2021
Many fond memories of our younger years in the Sault playing hockey on Alexandra Street and on school rink. My sincere condolences to the family.
Ross Hryhorchuk
Ross Hryhorchuk
Friend
August 12, 2021
Tony was a excellent hockey player and will definitely be missed. I hope the family has a lot of fantastic memories that can ease the pain. I would also like to offer my deepest sympathy. God is in control of all things.
August 12, 2021
Tony was the best goalie to play in the NHL. Best Chicago goalie ever. Thanks for all the wonderful moments. I am thankful I got to read about you. In my hockey books. And watched your career. On legends of hockey.
Jeff Koay
August 12, 2021
RIP Tony,as a kid growing up i was trying to play like you playing road hockey,and at 60 years old still trying to play like you on the ice.Like you said I don't want to win 5-3 but 5-0!
daniel wayne Mercer
August 12, 2021
Tony was a childood hero of mine growing up in the 60s and 70s. I'm sad to hear of his passing.
August 12, 2021
A true gentleman who made August 6th 2015 special for a dad & son...
I vacation in the same town as Tony's longtime summer residence, there at a local restaurant we both frequented both my son Jake and I got to meet him. What a genuine and real guy I thought as he took time to chat with us, take a photo and offered to sign some #35 hawks stuff if we sent it in care of his friend who owned the place. My son is now 17 and still recalls the encounter. The jersey he signed as well as the photo of the three of us hangs in a prominent place in my home office. Thanks for the great memory Tony!

In the following years I got a chance to give him a waive or shout out at/around the same place. Last year was the last time we saw him. Oddly we were up there just a week ago for our yearly family trip and I wondered how he was doing.

Sympathies to Marilyn and the rest of the family.
Anthony A. LoCoco [and Jake]
Acquaintance
August 12, 2021
He was a tremendous teammate and an even better human.
Frank
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
You were a tremendous teammate and an even better human.


Frank
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
You were a tremendous teammate and a better human.


Frank
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
james w. richardson
August 11, 2021
RIP Tony, it was a privilege being your mailman for ten years before I retired. You were a kind, down to earth person and you will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences go out to your family.
Cliff Otto
Friend
August 11, 2021
I only knew Tony for a short period of time, truly and honor to to have opened a door for him every time the opportunity arose.
The smile and sincerity he wore on when he had Marylin in his arms had always was awesome to see! Tony will be missed, amazing player, even better human being!
David D’ANDREA
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
Tony had a brilliant career between the pipes, and he was part of my all-time favorite goaltending matchup. April 16th, 1974; Game 5 in the Quarter Final Playoff Series between the Blackhawks and the Kings, at Chicago Stadium; Rogie Vachon in goal for the Kings, and Tony for the Blackhawks. Two legends, battling save for amazing save in a storied venue, with the series on the line. Tony and 'Hawks prevailed, 1-0.

Thanks for the great memories and the stellar play, Tony!
August 11, 2021
To Esposito I send my condolences to your family at this time a prayer for your family at this time
Michael M
August 11, 2021
Met Tony 2 years ago at Jimmy B’s and had a few drinks with him. Classy Gentleman. RIP my friend
Dan Hennessey
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
Tony, you were one of the best Goalies that ever to play in the NHL, you and your Phil had legendary battles when hockey was hockey. RIP Tony 0.
Domenic Ponarelli
August 11, 2021
My sympathy goes out to the family of the great Tony Esposito, a great Blackhawk goalie! I am a lifelong Blackhawks fan.
Mike Sherman
August 11, 2021
Hi how are you I am good u I was writing to you to give my condolences to you and your family etc. RIP I loved his hockey playing etc. He seemed like a nice person I will miss him so. Take care bye no rush
Mr jody Brachman
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the Team Signed stick as a favor of Peter Marsh. My condolences to the family.
Larry Laurinatis
Acquaintance
August 11, 2021
Die hard Bruins fan and have nothing but respect for his remarkable career.....
Bob Sama
August 11, 2021
Tony was an inspiration for me as young goalie in Chicago. His butterfly style was an innovation to the goalie position and is the gold standard today. He was truly ahead of his time. Now he is the starting goalie on Heaven’s team He will be missed. My condolences to his family. Test in peace Tony O.
Marty Harris
August 11, 2021
We will miss him very much. He was a very kind person. Will miss his jokes and having fun with him.
Peter Smith
Friend
August 11, 2021
Tony was one of my favorite non-Bruin goaltenders. Tried to copy his patented "Butterfly style" on the local ponds - but with very limited success (didn't have the knees for it). My only regret is that Tony didn't come with his brother, Phil, in the big trade between Boston & Chicago in '67. But he was always a lot of fun to watch between the pipes. Great guy by all accounts, too. Catch up with you later, Tony.
Scott Preston ~ Concord NH
August 11, 2021
I´m sorry to hear of my childhood heroes passing. You´re the greatest Tony O. I´m a righty but insisted I play goalie in Street hockey with a glove on my right hand and stick in left. Thanks for the incredible memories, I´ll never forget you.
John Dearden
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August 11, 2021
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