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Name: Esposito, Phil
Position: Center
JerseyNum: 77
Birthdate: 1942-02-20
BirthPlace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Height: 73
Weight: 205

Seasons with Rangers: 9 (6 as player from 1975 to 1981, 3 as general manager from 1986-87 to 1988-89)
Regular-Season Games with Rangers: 422
Playoff Games with Rangers: 30

Acquired:
Traded to Rangers by Boston with Carol Vadnais in exchange for Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi on Nov. 7, 1975.

Departed:
Retired from NHL following 1980-81 season.

Other NHL teams:
Chicago (1963-1967), Boston (1967-1975)

Rangers Regular-Season Statistics
Year Jersey # GP G A PTS PIM
1975-76 12 62 29 38 67 28
1976-77 77 80 34 46 80 52
1977-78 77 79 38 43 81 53
1978-79 77 80 42 36 78 37
1979-80 77 80 34 44 78 73
1980-81 77 41 7 13 20 20
Totals 422 184 220 404 263

Rangers Playoffs Statistics
Year Jersey # GP G A PTS PIM
1978 77 3 0 1 1 5
1979 77 18 8 12 20 20
1980 77 9 3 3 6 8
Totals 30 11 16 27 33

RANGERS DEBUT
Nov. 7, 1975 (Rangers at California Golden Seals)

FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Jan. 9, 1981 (Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres)

RANGERS CAPTAIN
Nov. 12, 1975 to Oct. 10, 1978

MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Hockey Hall of Fame -- Inducted 1984
Lester Patrick Trophy -- 1978
NHL All-Star Game – 1977, 1978, 1980

RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Rangers MVP -- 1978-79
Players' Player Award -- 1976-77 (co-winner)
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) -- 1977-78, 1978-79

INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE WITH RANGERS
1976 Canada Cup
1977 World Championships in Austria

RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most points -- 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79 (tie), 1979-80
Most goals -- 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80
Most playoff points -- 1979
Most playoff goals -- 1979

RANGERS COACHING STATISTICS
Head coach and general manager -- 1986-87 and April 1, 1989, to May 24, 1989
Career regular-season record -- 24-21-0
Career playoff record -- 2-8

RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None

MISCELLANEOUS
Nickname: Espo
Full Name: Philip Anthony Esposito
Uniform Numbers: 5, 12, 77
Retired from NHL: 1981

BIOGRAPHY
By the time he arrived in New York in a high-profile November 1975 trade, Phil Esposito had already ensured himself a spot in the Hall of Fame based on his remarkable achievements with the Boston Bruins. But Esposito, then 33 years old, still had plenty in the tank and went on to star for five more seasons with the Rangers.

Named team captain less than a week after his first game, Esposito led the Blueshirts in scoring in all four of his full seasons with the team and was the top goal-scorer three times. From 1976 to 1980, he was the major factor in the Rangers offense scoring no less than 78 points and 34 goals in a season. He also had a 42-goal performance in 1978-79.

When the Rangers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979, it was a 37-year-old Espo who supplied the offense to complement the goaltending of John Davidson. Esposito had 20 points in 18 playoff games to pace the Rangers in the playoffs.

On Nov. 4, 1977, Esposito scored his 600th NHL goal at Vancouver, becoming the first player to reach that milestone in a Rangers uniform.

The Blueshirts' representative at three NHL All-Star Games and a two-time winner of the team's Frank Boucher Trophy, Esposito opted to retire in January 1981. A special ceremony followed his final game at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 9, 1981, as he left the NHL with more career points than any player except Gordie Howe.

Five years after his playing career ended, Esposito became the Rangers' general manager and held that position until 1989. He also coached the team for 45 games during his tenure as GM.

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