Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito won five NHL scoring titles and was the first player to crack the 100-point barrier. The Hall of Fame center was also the individual leader and top point-scorer for Team Canada (with seven goals and six assists) in the famous "Series of the Century" against the Soviet Union in 1972. Esposito was traded to the New York Rangers in 1975-76 and finished his playing career with them, retiring just shy of his thirty-ninth birthday. He returned to professional hockey to serve as general manager of the New York Rangers from 1986-89, also serving briefly as the Rangers' coach. In 1992, Esposito helped bring professional hockey to Florida as part owner and the first general manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning team. In his memoir, Thunder and Lightning (Triumph Books), Esposito covers the various aspects of his colorful life in hockey.

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Thunder and Lightning

by Phil Esposito

Phil Esposito, the center from the SOO (Sault St. Marie, Ontario) documents the life of a legend skating on thin ice. In this memoir, Espo covers the various aspects of his colorful life in hockey: from being a legendary player, commentator and coach to general manager, founder and part owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Esposito saw it all: the booze, the drugs, the women, the financial shenanigans, the good times and the camaraderie, the bad times and the backstabbing. In telling co-author Pete Golenblock what it was really like, Esposito takes readers into the boardrooms, back rooms- and even the bedrooms- of the men who make their lives in the NHL.

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