Ask the Expert: Phil Esposito

by Gary Shelton on February 26, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Phil Esposito was a Hall of Fame forward for the Boston Bruins. Not only that, the Tampa Bay Lightning was his brainchild, and he was the team's first owner. Even now, he works on the team's radio crew. Each week, Esposito will answer questions from readers. To ask Phil a question, send it to



Not counting the loss to Colorado, the Lightning had a pretty good road trip. When you played, where were the worst places that you had to play? Any place in particular?

“I never thought about it. There was no bad place. I didn't like the ice in Toronto or Madison Square Garden. I didn't like the boards in Montreal. They were stiff and didn't give.

Except for that, it was all the same. I can tell you some hotels that weren't good. Pittsburgh was tough. The worst thing I heard was that "I hope your mother gets cancer and dies.'' And "I hope your kid gets cancer.'' Calling me names didn't bother me at all. I can take that. But that did bother me. You couldn't do anything. What I wanted to do was shove my stick down his throat and out his butt.

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