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Title: President and general manager

Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1942

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Management experience: President of the NHL Players Association, 1980-1982. Vice president and general manager of the New York Rangers, 1986-88.

NHL career: In 18 NHL seasons with Chicago, Boston and the Rangers, 1963-64 to 1980-81, Esposito set new standards for scoring. He finished with 717 goals _ fourth on the all-time list behind Gordie Howe (801), Wayne Gretzky (749) and Marcel Dionne (731) _ and added 873 assists. He became the first player to ever score 100 points in a season (1968-69) and led the league in scoring five times. He also had 61 goals and 76 assists in 130 playoff games and led the Bruins to Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1984 and his Bruins jersey, No. 7, was retired in 1987.

Personal: Esposito has a wife, Donna, and they have three daughters, Laurie, Carrie and Cherise.


Title: Director of hockey operations and player development

Birthdate: April 23, 1943

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Management experience: President of NHL Players Association, 1982-84; vice president and general manager of Pittsburgh Penguins, 1988-1989 to beginning of 1989-90 season.

NHL career: During 16 NHL seasons, his first with Stanley Cup champion Montreal in 1968-69, and the next 15 with Chicago, he established himself as one of the greatest goaltenders. He ranks third all-time for wins (423) and seventh in shutouts (76). He had 15 shutouts in his rookie season for Chicago. In his 886 games, he had a sparkling 2.92 goals-against average. He won the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender in 1970, 1972 and 1974. Esposito was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1988. Chicago retired his jersey, No. 35, that year.

Personal: He has a wife, Marilyn, and they have two sons, Mark and Jason.


Title: Head coach

Birthdate: May 28, 1943

Birthplace: Parry Sound, Ontario

Management experience: Assistant coach at Philadelphia, 1977-78 through 1978-79; head coach of Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL, 1979-80 through 1984-85, where he twice was named coach of the year; head coach of Moncton of the AHL, 1985-86 through 1986-87; head coach of Calgary, 1987-88 through 1989-90, leading the Flames to three straight playoffs and a Stanley Cup title. He was named the NHL coach of the year after his first season by the Sporting News. His NHL record is 144-63-33; 22-15 in the playoffs. He was an assistant for the silver-medal-winning Canadian team in the 1992 Olympics.

NHL career: Crisp spent 11 seasons in the NHL, beginning in 1965-66, with Boston, St. Louis, Philadelphia and the New York Islanders (he was a member of both the Blues and Islanders expansion teams). In 536 games, he scored 67 goals and had 134 assists. He played on consecutive Stanley Cup champions in Philadelphia, 1973-74 and 1974-75.

Personal: He has a wife, Sheila, and they have three children, Tony, Jeff and Caley.