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 graduated from Columbia College of Missouri with his Bachelor's degree in Business Management & Marketing.
- 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