“It is a sad day in hockey. We have lost a great owner and a great steward of the sport. Bill carried his passion for the game and for his team with him everywhere he went."
"No one did more for hockey on both the professional and amateur levels than he did. He will always be remembered as a dedicated leader in the sport and for the legacy he has left in his community, especially his humanitarian efforts through his foundation."
"On behalf of all of the owners of the National Hockey League, our hearts are with his family on this difficult day as we all mourn the loss of our dear friend."-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins and Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors