The Detroit Red Wings and the NHL are remembering the life of owner Mike Ilitch.
Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement:
With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown.
Mike’s commitment to excellence and to winning were unparalleled and his commitment to the community was unrivaled – as was his boundless support of youth hockey. He was a prolific philanthropist, and, above all, a devoted partner and husband to his wife of 62 years, Marian. At this moment of heartbreaking sorrow, we send deepest condolences to the entire Ilitch family and to all who were privileged to know him, play for him or work for him.
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Reaction was also released on social media:
Ken Holland on Mike Ilitch. pic.twitter.com/nSatJ0i6Xx
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 11, 2017
— Danny DeKeyser (@DeKeyser5) February 11, 2017
Really sad to learn the news of Mr I's passing. He meant everything to the Wings, Tigers & Detroit. Best owner in sports. #RIPMrIlitch
— Dylan Larkin (@Dylanlarkin39) February 11, 2017
Brendan Shanahan, Maple Leafs President & Alternate Governor, released the following statement on the passing of Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch pic.twitter.com/ctuRoFt563
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 11, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the Ilitch family during this difficult time.
Mr. Ilitch, your legacy will live on for years to come.
— Andreas Athanasiou (@AndreasA86) February 11, 2017