The hockey world was saddened by the death of Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider on Monday.
Snider, 83, died after a battle with cancer.
There was an outpouring of reaction, especially on social media, from past and present Flyers players.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux wrote on his Twitter account: "I feel privileged to have known such a great leader. Rest in peace Mr. Snider, you will be missed."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said: "I have valued Ed's counsel, I have admired his philanthropy and truly have cherished his friendship. Ed was an unmistakable presence and an unforgettable personality. Like most people who had the pleasure of knowing Ed, I will miss him terribly."
Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, chairman of the Board of Governors, said: "Ed was an icon of the game. He brought major league hockey to Philadelphia as one of the franchise's founders, and he built the Flyers' original home and their current home. He always acted in the best interest of the League while remaining a fierce competitor. We will miss his leadership, and on a personal note I will miss his friendship."
"Ed Snider brought incredible passion to the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers and the city of Philadelphia," Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said. "Since shepherding the Flyers into the NHL in 1967, Ed was exemplar of competitiveness, and it was evident in how his teams played. As a fellow owner, I appreciated Ed's wisdom, insight and perspective, but his commitment to philanthropy, youth hockey and growing the game is a standard for all of us. He will be missed but never forgotten; he has created an everlasting legacy."
Snider was not part of the Flyers' official team picture this season, but defenseman Michael Del Zotto posted a picture on Instagramthe team took at Snider's home in California during a western road trip in late December.
"Rest in peace Mr. Snider," Del Zotto wrote. "The best owner in all of sports. Truly amazing person. Thank you for everything you have done for the @philadelphiaflyers, myself and the city of Philadelphia."