CHICAGO (CBS) — Blackhawks icon Tony Esposito died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the team announced.
Esposito was a goaltender for the Blackhawks from 1969 until 1984.
“Tony was one of the most important and popular figures in the history of the franchise as we near its 100th anniversary,” Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. “Four generations of our family—my grandfather Arthur, my father Bill, my son Danny and I—were blessed by his work ethic as a Hall of Fame goalie, but more importantly, by his mere presence and spirit.
As Wirtz noted, the Blackhawks drafted Esposito from the...