Photo: TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Phil Espostio is honored with a statue on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** player;player
Photo: TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Fans check out the new Phil Espostio  statue honoring the man who brought hockey to Florida, founding the National Hockey Leagues first team in the Sunshine State at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Photo: TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Phil Espostio is honored with a statue on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Photo: TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Phil Esposito talks in front of the new statue of him unveiled outside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31: Phil Espostio is honored with a statue on the west plaza at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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