Chris grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois and started playing hockey at age 6.
- Espo started playing roller hockey at 6 and he was encouraged to try goaltending.
- At age 9 he went into ice hockey. He was a second year squirt.
- His favorite youth moment was playing pewee gold and going to Canada where his team won the Gretkzy tournament.
- Chris attended Prairie Ridge high school from 2005-2008.
- He played for his high school team for 3 years.
- He played varsity his senior year and had 13 shutouts including a key 4-0 win over Barrington.
- He had only 5 losses during the regular season.
- He took his team to final 8 in state junior and senior year.
- Espo was goalie of the year for Metro Central.
Beyond High School:
- After two career ending knee injuries, Espo attended community college to get his associates in science and is now going to school to get his Bachelors in business marketing. Espo is one class away, so please cheer him on!!!
- After high school Chris started coaching with Robb Stauber in Chicago and at Goalcrease camps throughout the Midwest.
- Chris has been a certified Goalcrease instructor since August 2011.
Current Life and Hockey Highlights:
- Espo moved to Minnesota in August of 2011 to work at Goalcrease. His long term goal is to coach goalies for a professional team.
- 2013-14 State Champion with Blake Girls hockey team