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HOCKEY LEGEND PHIL ESPOSITO
Canadian hockey sensation Phil Esposito shattered records as an NHL center, rallied teammates, spawned his own bumper stickers, and went on to build one of the most successful post-player hockey careers as a coach and team founder. Never short on opinions, “Espo” brazenly did things the only way he knew how: his way.
By Erik Erlendsson. Photos by Scott Audette.

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Marvin Samel, who co-founded Nicaraguan cigar maker Drew Estate with his college fraternity roommate Jonathan Drew, reflects on the unconventional company’s amazing rise to become among the largest producers of premium cigars in Central America. The company’s iconic factory, La Gran Fabrica in Estelí, has now been joined by a brand new leaf processing facility and warehouse, DE2, just across the street as its growth continues.
CHARLES THE GREAT CIGAR FACTORY
The history of Tampa’s Charles the Great cigar factory, built by Spanish émigré Salvador Rodriguez in 1903, is emblematic of Florida’s cigar legacy, creating the “clear Havana” industry and rising to become the cigar making capital of the U.S. In recent decades, the building served the Arturo Fuente Company, which has recently restored it to its former glory.

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