"It was war and, yes, hell for us whether we wanted it or not."

Phil Esposito

Team Rosters: Canada

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Club 1972:
Boston Bruins

Phil Esposito
Team Canada # 7

Phil Esposito is one of the top ranking scorers in the NHL history. Although he wasn’t a gracious skater and never showcased 1-on-1 mastery, his scoring talent was simply unprecedented. Most of his goals came from his work in front of the net and on the rebounds. Besides his scoring skills, he was a sound 2-way player contributing immensely into his team defense work. The Summit 1972 was a great example of Esposito’s team leadership.

Career Statistics
Competitions GP G A PTS PIM
NHL Reg. Season 1282 717 873 1590 910
NHL Playoffs 130 61 76 137 138


  • Played in the professional hockey leagues: 1963-1981
  • Professional hockey clubs that Phil Esposito played in: Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, NY Rangers
  • Stanley Cups (2) : 1970, 1972
  • Professional hockey awards:
    Art Ross Trophy 1968-69, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74
    Hart Memorial Trophy 1968-69, 1973-74
    Lester B. Pearson Trophy 1970-71, 1973-74
    Hockey Hall of Fame 1982


"This Phil was really something. If he felt like complaining, he complained. If he felt like yelling, he yelled. It was new to us, this childlike attitude. He didn't hide his emotions, as we were taught."

Boris Mikhailov, Team USSR

Phil Esposito was Team Canada's leader in the 1972 Series. His series performance was superb and earned him an extremely high popularity among Soviet fans. He played in all 8 games and was an overall scoring leader with 13 points. Esposito was awarded with the games MVPs in Toronto, Vancouver and Moscow (Game 7).

1972 Summit Overall Statistics
8 7 6 13 15 52 89 +2

Game-by-Game Performance: Scoring

Summit 1972: Scoring
Game   Period Time Scoring Notes
Game 1100:30Goal 
Game 2207:14Goal 
Game 2306:47AssistSHG
Game 3101:54Assist 
Game 3204:19Goal 
Game 4306:54Assist 
Game 4319:38Assist 
Game 7104:09Goal 
Game 7117:34GoalSHG
Game 8106:45GoalPPG
Game 8302:27Goal 
Game 8312:56Assist 
Game 8319:26AssistGWG
- Game Summaries -

Game-by-Game Performance: Penalty History

Summit 1972: Penalty
Game   Period Time Description
Game 4119:29tripping
Game 6113:11double-minor, charging
Game 6217:46highsticking major
Game 7112:39crosschecking
Game 7212:44roughing
- Game Summaries -