Ed Chynoweth, a former president of the Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League, died Tuesday. He was 66.
Chynoweth was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2006. A WHL spokesman confirmed Chynoweth died Tuesday morning.
Chynoweth served as the WHL president from 1972 to 1995. The league recently renamed its championship trophy the Ed Chynoweth Cup. He was CHL president from 1975 to 1995.
Calgary Flames president and CEO Ken King issued the following statement on behalf of the Flames hockey club:
"It is with deep sorrow that we send condolences to the family of Ed Chynoweth on his passing this morning in Calgary.
"The hockey world has been a beneficiary of Ed’s lifetime commitment to the sport. His determination and vision at the junior level has made a tremendous impact on how the game is both played and promoted today.
"Ed was a trail blazer for the Western Hockey League and a strong leader, bringing unity to the Canadian Hockey League. He will be missed dearly."