Blackhawks owner William Wirtz, Sept. 26 William Wirtz, the longtime owner of the Chicago Blackhawks notorious for driving a hard bargain, died on Sept. 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 77. The family, led by Arthur Wirtz, purchased the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954. In 1966, William Wirtz became team president. Wirtz was chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Hockey League for 18 years and helped negotiate the merger of the NHL and the World Hockey Association in the late 1970s.
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