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Longtime Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone dies at 58

Updated: March 26, 2014 12:09PM

Tim Sassone started on the Blackhawks beat in 1988, the same year Hawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were born.

The Daily Herald beat writer was the dean of Hawks writers and a respected and beloved figure
in hockey circles across North

Sassone died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. He was 58. The Hawks, who presented Sassone with a No. 25 jersey last year to commemorate his 25th year on
the beat, held a
moment of silence in his honor before their game Tuesday against the
Dallas Stars.

Remembrances poured in from Chicago and from around the hockey world on
Twitter for a man whose gruff
exterior and sometimes brutally honest media persona belied one of the friendliest, most likable — and, to younger journalists, most helpful — people in hockey and in jour-

The loss was felt in the Hawks’ dressing room, too.

‘‘It’s not an easy thing to see,’’ Toews said. ‘‘Obviously, there’s the Blackhawks family — the players, the people that work in the office, the people that make this thing go every day.

‘‘And I think people like him are a part of that. He’s such a huge part of the Blackhawks story, especially the last little while.’’

Said Hawks coach Joel Quenne-
ville: ‘‘The hockey media world lost a good man.’’

Sassone is survived by his wife, Christine, and their two children, Ali and Andy.

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