It's a sad day across Chicago Blackhawks land.

The legend himself, Tony Esposito, passed away at the age of 78. 

Esposito played almost his entire 16 year career with the Blackhawks taking home plenty of hardware during his time. 

His wife Marilyn, sons Mark and Jason, Mark's wife Kim and their children, Lauren and Kamryn released as statement after Esposito's passing from cancer. 

"To the Blackhawks and National Hockey League, Tony Esposito was a hall of fame goalie. To us, he was a hall of fame husband, father, and grandfather. Chicago felt like home from the time Tony first arrived in 1969, thanks to the Wirtz family and those 18,000 Blackhawks fans who treated him like family every night at the stadium, win or lose or tie. As we mourn Tony's passing, we cherish the memories and the affection, when he was a player and later as an ambassador. We are forever grateful for your support, and we feel blessed now to have your prayers at a difficult time. Tony was a private person, but he felt your love and he loved you back."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Esposito family during this time.