BOSTON - Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs issued the following statement regarding the passing of Mike Ilitch:
"Mike Ilitch was first and foremost a great personal friend. He was also a tremendous partner in the NHL, and someone who always put the interests of the league before his own. His legacy in hockey will be defined by the indelible mark that he has left on the NHL, as well as the immense impact that he has had on growing the sport in Michigan and throughout the United States.
The Red Wings and Tigers are so much a part of the history and identity of Detroit, and both teams have thrived under his careful stewardship. He led a great physical transformation of his beloved home city that will endure for many years. But perhaps most importantly, he shared his passion for sports and talent for business with his children, who will carry on his legacy.
We will miss him, and we extend our condolences to his wife Marian, the entire Ilitch family, the Red Wings and Tigers organizations, and the city of Detroit."