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Luke Esposito

Position: C/LW
Date of Birth: 10/18/1993
Height: 5' 10"   Weight: 183 lbs
Shoots: L
Birthplace: New York, New York
Drafted: Undrafted
Last Amateur Team: 2016-17 Harvard University (ECAC)


First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to an amateur tryout for the remainder of 2016-17 and agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2017-18, 4/11/17…Released from amateur tryout, 4/15/17...Assigned to Toledo (ECHL), 11/20/17...Recalled from Toledo, 12/9/17...Assigned to Toledo, 12/17/17...Recalled from Toledo, 12/17/17...Assigned to Toledo, 1/12/18...Recalled from Toledo, 1/15/18...Assigned to Toledo, 3/12/18...Recalled from Toledo, 3/15/18.

Career Highlights: Set career highs in goals (16), assists (20) and points (36) in 2016-17 and helped Harvard advance to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1994…Named to the 2016-17 All-ECAC Tournament Team after helping the Crimson capture the championship…Named the BCHL Rookie of the Year with Chilliwack in 2012-13 after leading the league in assists and tying for third in points.

2016-17: In his senior season at Harvard, ranked among the team’s leaders with 36 points (6th), 16 goals (T4th), 20 assists (5th), 36 PIM (2nd), a plus-31 rating (1st), five power play goals (4th), three shorthanded goals (T1st) and four game-winning goals (T2nd)…Set career bests in points, goals and assists…Plus-31 rating led the ECAC while 36 points tied for 10th in the conference…Helped Harvard reach the Frozen Four for the first time since 1994…Finished with seven points in four games during the ECAC Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team…Co-honoree of the Ralph “Cooney” Weiland Award, awarded to the team member whose devotion to the game has repeatedly been evidenced by aggressive and spirited play and by selfless contribution to the total team effort…Accumulated 10 points (5-5—10) during a season-high seven-game point streak, 2/3/17-2/24/17…Had a four-game goal streak, 3/10/16-3/18/16. 2015-16: Appeared in 34 games as a junior at Harvard, tying for fourth on the Crimson in scoring with 21 points (5-16—21) and placing third in assists…Added 19 PIM and a plus-two rating…Dished out a season-high three assists in an ECAC Tournament Quarterfinal victory against Rensselaer…Registered a season-high three-game point streak on two occasions, 10/31/15-11/6/15 and 2/27/16-3/12/16. 2014-15: Totaled 17 points (5-12—17), 19 PIM and a plus-nine rating in 32 games during his sophomore season…Finished sixth on the team in assists and tied for seventh in points…Began the season on a three-game point streak, 11/1/14-11/8/14…Distributed a season-high three assists, 3/6/15 vs. Brown. 2013-14: Appeared in 29 games during his freshman campaign at Harvard and ranked among the team’s leaders with 15 points (T4th), 10 assists (2nd) and five goals (6th)…Scored his first collegiate point on an assist, 11/2/13 vs. Union…Notched his first college goal, 11/20/13 vs. Boston College…Registered a season-high three points (2-1—3), 2/10/14 vs. Boston University. 2012-13: Named the BCHL Rookie of the Year with the Chilliwack Chiefs…Appeared in 55 games and paced the league in assists (54) and power play assists (21) while tying for third with 71 points…Scored seven points (1-6—7) in eight playoff games…Totaled 22 multi-point games…Amassed 18 points (4-14—18) during a season-high 11-game point streak, 9/8/12-10/19/12…Tallied a season-high four points behind four assists, 10/5/12 at COQ.

Personal: Hometown is Andover, Mass….Earned a sociology degree from Harvard…Has two brothers, Mark and Matteo who both play hockey, and a sister, Sophia who dances…Uncle is Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier…Best friends in hockey are his college classmates…Greatest hockey memories are winning the 2017 Beanpot and being on the ice for the 2000 NHL All-Star Game skills competition…As a five-year-old, starting playing roller hockey as a forward and started playing ice hockey as a center when he was 10…Hockey nickname is Espo…Hockey idol as a youth was Mark Messier…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his grandpa, who coached him, drove him to games and talks on the phone with him all the time…After his playing career concludes, hopes to get a job where he works outside and maybe start his own company…First job was working as a warehouse runner for a sports memorabilia company…Greatest personal obstacle he’s overcome is not being recruited until he was 19…Proudest accomplishments are reaching the Frozen Four and graduating Harvard…Supports Jimmy Fund and Tomorrow’s Children Fund charities…Exciting things he’s done include golfing in Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas and visiting Germany for the 2010 World Championships…An interesting fact about him is he played roller hockey in Hilton Head, S.C. until he was 10…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a golfer or a La Liga soccer player…Also played soccer and baseball growing up…Most famous non-hockey person he’s met is Derek Jeter…Favorite quote is “courage is not the absence of fear, but action in the face of fear”…Favorite food is seafood…Favorite music artists are Eric Church, Kings of Leon, U2 and Led Zeppelin…Favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption…Favorite TV show is Game of Thrones…Favorite website is Barstool Sports…Favorite book is Unbroken by Andre Agassi…Favorite place to vacation is Harbor Island, Bahamas…Roots for the New York Yankees…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is football.


      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2012-13 Chilliwack BCHL 55 17 54 71 48 8 1 6 7 6
2013-14 Harvard ECAC 29 5 10 15 22 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 Harvard ECAC 32 5 12 17 19 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Harvard ECAC 34 5 16 21 19 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Harvard ECAC 36 16 20 36 36 -- -- -- -- --


# Name POS
35 Pat Nagle G


# Name POS
14 Trevor Hamilton D
17 Marcus Crawford D


# Name POS
0 Jordan Topping LW
15 Turner Elson C/LW
19 Carter Camper C
32 Bryan Moore RW
45 Colin Campbell RW
53 Trevor Yates C
55 Matthew Ford RW
65 Dominik Shine RW

Detroit Red Wings

# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Libor Sulak D
9 Vili Saarijarvi D
13 Filip Hronek D
18 Brian Lashoff D
44 Dennis Cholowski D
52 Dylan McIlrath D
23 Dominic Turgeon C
25 Axel Holmstrom C/LW
29 Dylan Sadowy LW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW