By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Thursday, March 27th
Blackhawks announcer Ed Olczyk (left) and former Hawks star/coach Denis Savard (right) flank Tim Sassone when the team gave him a special No. 25 sweater in 2013 in honor of his quarter-century on the Hawks beat for the Daily Herald. Photo courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks.
We should prize old-school sportswriters who have one-on-one relationships with all the important figures on the beat they cover and can scare up a scoop with well-placed phone calls.
Tim Sassone was just such a scribe. And as good of a Blackhawks and NHL writer as he was for the Daily Herald, he was an even better person. Sassone did not subscribe to the disturbing trend of raging egos and group-think work styles endemic in sports journalists today. He treated all colleagues as equals, even with his standout status.
To paraphrase the late Jerome Holtzman, Tim Sassone was a good man to find on a long day’s march. Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to rack up the shoe leather without Tim. He died much too young at 58 after a long illness on March 24.