After the sad passing of Blackhawks legendary goalie Tony Esposito, the team announced they’ll honor the Hall of Famer on the ice this season.
In order to honor Esposito, the No. 35 will be painted on the ice behind the nets for the entirety of the season. Esposito’s number also hangs in the rafters of the United Center after the team retired his number in 1988.
The team did something similar after the tragic passing of Stan Mikita before the 2018-19 season. The No. 21 was found all over the place, including on the team’s uniforms as a patch on the front of the jersey. Now, ahead of the 2021-22 season, the team does the same for Tony O.
The Chicago Blackhawks begin play at the United Center on Tuesday, October 19 when they play host to the New York Islanders. The Blackhawks’ fourth game of the season will be the first game fans see the No. 35 on the ice.