Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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.
|NHL Reg. Season
- 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
PERFORMANCE IN THE 1972 SUMMIT
"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