NHL Hall-of-Famer and Lightning founder PHIL ESPOSITO returns for his 19th year as radio analyst for Lightning home games. He also serves the team as vice president of corporate relations.
A Lightning founder and the team's general manager during its first seven seasons, Esposito joined the Lightning radio team during the 1999-00 season. Prior to joining the Lightning broadcast team, he worked as a television analyst for FOX television in Los Angeles and UPN 38 WSBK-TV in Boston. Esposito has also served as a broadcast analyst for the New York Rangers on MSG Network, and was the Rangers' Vice President & General Manager from 1986-88.
A former professional hockey legend, Esposito's spectacular 18-year playing career was highlighted by two Stanley Cup Championships with the Boston Bruins, in 1970 and 1972. Originally a member of the Chicago Blackhawks (1963-67), Esposito was the central figure in one of hockey's biggest trades when he was sent to Boston in 1967. During the next eight seasons, he virtually rewrote the NHL record books. He became the first player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season (1969-70). Two seasons later, Esposito set single season standards of 76 goals and 152 points, which stood until Wayne Gretzky eclipsed those marks a decade later. His 717 career goals place him fifth on the all-time list, and his 1,590 points are 10th all-time.