Back in 1992 when I was at the Daily Herald, the Bears beat came open. I was interested, but assumed that there was one true giant who was a natural for the job: Tim Sassone.
Tim was the best hockey writer on the Blackhawks even then, respected by colleagues and competitors alike. But Tim wasn’t interested in the Bears, for a very “Tim” reason:
He loved hockey, respected the players and the game, and had an unspoken goal of giving the sport and its local edition coverage every bit the equal of the best that was accorded the higher-visibility sports in town. To say that he succeeded would be an understatement.
Learning that Tim died this morning was a moment for pause, for Tim, for his family, for all the people he always had time for, for the ethics he brought to a job to which he gave so much.
Good on the Blackhawks for a moment of silence before tonight’s game in honor of someone it was an honor to know.