Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch passed away today at the age of 87. Following the sports legend’s death, the hockey world began an outpouring of grief and well wishes, including several current/former players, analysts, and executives.
Ken Holland says Mr. Illitch was "the very best, nobody better. He was passionate not only about the team but the city of Detroit "
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 10, 2017
— Danny DeKeyser (@DeKeyser5) February 11, 2017
— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) February 10, 2017
— RealPatrickEaves (@Patrick_Eaves) February 11, 2017
Sad day … rip https://t.co/L67sqj1tmW
— mathieu dandenault (@mdandenault25) February 11, 2017
My thoughts go out to the Ilitch family and the Red Wings. Mike was a trailblazer for his city and our game, on the ice and off of it.
— Brett Hull (@HOFBlues16) February 11, 2017
Mr "I", not just our owner but a man who cared about every single player, no matter your importance. #RedWings and hockey lost a great man
— Aaron Ward (@NHL_AaronWard) February 11, 2017
Mike Ilitch brought superstars to Detroit for decades. His first big addition: a kid named Steve Yzerman. pic.twitter.com/jYwaUkoM9M
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 11, 2017
Our condolences to the @detroitredwings and the Ilitch family on the passing of Mike Ilitch. ❤️
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 11, 2017
— Mike Modano (@9modano) February 11, 2017
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 11, 2017
— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 11, 2017
The Ottawa Senators extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Mike Ilitch and the entire Detroit Red Wings organization.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 11, 2017
LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille on the passing of Mike Ilitch: pic.twitter.com/hTVK2EGPPY
— LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) February 11, 2017
Ken Holland on Mike Ilitch. pic.twitter.com/nSatJ0i6Xx
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 11, 2017
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) 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
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 11, 2017
I cannot think of an owner in pro sports who cared more or did more for his community than Mike Ilitch did for Detroit. What a legacy.
— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) February 10, 2017