Daily Herald Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone has passed away. As this great piece from the Daily Herald remembers, many morning for Hawks fans over the years began with Sassone’s words over a bowl of cereal or cup of coffee.
Last year, the organization honored Sassone with a jersey commemorating 25 years on the job. He was there for Roenick and Chelios and Belfour - when they arrived, and when they departed. He was there for the arrivals of Toews and Kane, and the two Cups they have brought Chicago (so far).
I’ll remember Tim as a guy that was always willing to engage in conversation on the few occasions I had the chance to cross paths with him in the press box or at a practice. During the Stanley Cup Finals of 2010 and 2013, when the United Center was as busy as ever, he said hi to me by name in the bowels of the UC before Game 1. Once, when I was at a game with my mom, he introduced himself to her. He was the dean of hockey writers in this city not only because of tenure, but because he earned the respect of his peers.
The hockey world lost a fantastic writer and better man. His family is in my thoughts and prayers, and I’m glad the team will observe a moment of silence before Tuesday night’s game.