Some of what hockey legend and Tampa Bay Lightning co-founder Phil Esposito said in the May Florida Trend

Phil Esposito.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

Phil Esposito.

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Seven things I underlined in his "Icon" interview in the new issue of the magazine:

1. I loved playing hockey. It was orgasmic.

2. I admit it. Nothing came before hockey -- not my wife, not my kids, not my mom and dad. If it's wrong, it's wrong. I don't regret it. It's the way I am.

3. Everybody thought I was nuts trying to bring hockey to Florida. But to me, Florida is paradise, and why wouldn't you want to be in paradise? People told me it's football country. They love football. They love wrestling. They love boxing. They love car crashes. Well, we got all of that in hockey!

4. My daughter was tops, no doubt about it. It's coming up on three years from when she died. How do I deal with it? You just do. Was I the best father? Probably not. Could I have been better? Absolutely. We can all say that. I had to live my life, and she had to live hers. That's how I deal with it.

5. I'm one of these guys when I put my mind to something, I'm going to get it done. I'm going to keep on going until I've exhausted every avenue and then I'll cheat and lie a little to get it done. I guess I get that from my grandfather on my mother's side. When I was growing up, this son of a bitch would put dollar bills on a clothesline and he'd pull it up and my brother and I would try to reach up and grab the money and he'd pull it up a little higher. But I kept trying, boy.

6. I'm not a fan of health care the way Obama wants it because I grew up in Canada. You only have 36 million people in Canada and they're bankrupt with it. How the hell are we going to support this?

7. I got married again, which I never thought I would, and she's a terrific woman. She actually works. She's the first woman I've been with who has a job.

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