Today in Boston Bruins’ history: No. 7 Phil Esposito
On this day, Mar. 2 in 1969, Bruins Hall of Fame forward Phil Esposito became the first player in NHL history to break the 100-point barrier in a single-season. Esposito lit the lamp twice in a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on this day, 41 years ago.
He would go on to score 100 or more points six times in his career, all with the Bruins, including five consecutive seasons.
In the 1968-69 season, Esposito also won the Art Ross scoring title [first of five] and the Hart Memorial [first of two] as the NHL’s MVP. He was named to his first of six First Team NHL All Star berths, while setting a, then, single-season assist record of 77. No. 7 finished that historical 1968-69 NHL campaign with 49-77-126 regular season scoring totals, and 8-10-18 in 10 playoff games.
Esposito was inducted into Hockey’s Hall of Fame in 1984, and had his No. 7 retired by the Boston Bruins in December, 1987.
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