This is Phil Esposito in the spring of 1970. A couple of months later the Bruins would win the Stanley.
#3 with the helmet is JC Tremblay who was an outstanding skater, so skilled he played center from time to time and used to rag the puck on the PK and play keepaway for extended periods.
The only player who was better at it in my lifetime is also in the photo, #4 for the Bruins (Orr) and trailing this play. Ted Harris is the other Hab and Wayne Cashman is in the distance. If the play went according to Hoyle, Esposito would have gotten a nice backhand away and Orr would have gained clearance on Harris and scored the goal.
Chicago Blackhawk fans can relate to Oilers fans in many ways. They can relate to heartbreak in Game 7 of SCF’s (1971 the most famous), they know about trades that put you back (Esposito, Hodge and Stanfield for Marotte, Martin and Norris) a few years.
The Hawks are an interesting team again and there is hope in the Windy City. Their roster has a ton of kids on it and leads the league in good young defensemen.
After the game against Calgary I don’t know what to think. Maybe this team will be like the Expos the year Tim Raines couldn’t join them until May 1 and find a way to win. If it in fact does happen that way, Curtis Glencross will almost certainly play the role of Mitch Webster. I wouldn’t bet a penny on it, though.