One Oilers Orientation Camp invite has strong hockey bloodlines with ties to Edmonton. Luke Esposito’s grandfather is Doug Messier, his great uncle is Murray Murdoch and he’s the nephew of Mark and Paul Messier.
Mark Messier is well known in Edmonton as one of the great Oilers of the 80s. Paul played for the Edmonton Mets in the AJHL, before a long career that ended overseas in Europe. Murdoch had a long career with the New York Rangers back in the late 20s and 30s. Esposito’s grandfather, who is in Edmonton observing Orientation Camp, played for the Oil Kings from 1954-1957 and went on to have a head coaching career in both the AJHL and AHL.
Having family like that goes a long way to helping you in your career.
“They’ve been unbelievable,” said Esposito. “I wouldn’t be here without them. From my dad’s side, even though he wasn’t a hockey player, he was a Division I soccer player and an athlete in his own right and also his work ethic. Then obviously on my mom’s side with my uncle (Mark). Even to this day he lives close to me at home. He’s been unbelievable with giving me pointers. If I ever have questions, I see him all the time so we have a good running dialogue about stuff like that and my grandpa as well, he coached me all the way up. He’s here actually this week. It’s good to have him around and it’s been great. Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”
Esposito has spent the past two years at Harvard University. Read more about Esposito and his impact on one Oilers prospect HERE.