-- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement honoring the memory of Chicago Blackhawks
owner William W. Wirtz:
“Bill Wirtz was a giant presence in a giant city – his beloved Chicago – and an even greater presence in the National Hockey League. His 41 years as President of the Blackhawks and 18 years as Chairman of the Board leave an incomparable legacy of contributions to the game and to the League. His strength, intelligence, character and passion have been ingrained indelibly in the Blackhawks, in the League and in me. Bill was a true icon and a great competitor.
“While a fan of the game, first and foremost, Bill was a staunch advocate of philanthropic work in the community. Bill gave so much of himself to so many people without hesitation. He touched countless lives in countless ways.
“On behalf of the Board of Governors and the entire NHL family, I send heartfelt condolences to his wife, Alice, to his children – Rocky, Gail, Karey, Peter and Alyson – and all the other members of the Wirtz family. Bill will be dearly missed.”