You would think Phil Esposito, hockey man, might be more than a little pumped that his Boston Bruins are playing his Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup. Well, think again. "You want to know the truth," said Esposito, the fifth-leading goal scorer in hockey history. "This series doesn't mean s*** to me. "I have no feeling for these teams. There's nothing emotional about it. They both got rid of me, traded me. So screw them. "I didn't choose to leave Chicago. I didn't choose to leave Boston. I signed a contract in Boston for less money than I could have gotten from going to the WHA. I could have made millions doing that. And you know how they repaid me? Three weeks later, they traded me (to the New York Rangers)." This should really be the perfect Esposito story, this Stanley Cup final of mixed traditions. A battle of the only teams Bobby Orr played for. The places where the Esposito brothers were at their very best. Phil began his career as a Blackhawk and wound up as one of the greatest Bruins in history. Five times he led the NHL in scoring. Four times he scored more than 60 goals. Only four NHL players in history have scored more. His younger brother, Tony, was a Hall of Fame goaltender with the Hawks. And this Chicago-Boston matchup is the first Original Six Cup final since 1979, which featured the Rangers, led in scoring by a 36-year-old Phil Esposito. There is that coincidence also, but nothing warm and fuzzy. "These are the two teams I care about the most after the (Tampa Bay) Lightning. But I care about them more in a hockey sense than a personal sense," said Phil Esposito, now 71 years young. "The Blackhawks traded me. They didn't want me. That's not my fault that I was in the most one-sided trade in history. They were the stupid ones. They made the deal."
Esposito brothers split on how much Boston-Chicago final means
Toronto Sun | Jun 12