The Billionaire owner of the Chicago NHL team has died. Rocky Wirtz and his family have a net worth of $4.4 billion, according to Forbes. Rocky and his son Danny were the speakers at the infamous town hall in 2022 where Rocky Wirtz said "we're not going to talk about Kyle Beach."

Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz dies at 70
Wirtz, who died Tuesday in Evanston after a brief illness, made a dynasty out of the Hawks; his investment on and off the ice after taking over in 2007 led to three Stanley Cups and a tremendous surge in popularity. But the Hawks’ sexual assault scandal complicated his legacy.
Hawks owner Wirtz: ‘We’re not going to talk about Kyle Beach’ -
Less than two months after Chicago Blackhawks ownership settled a negligence lawsuit filed by former player Kyle Beach, team owner Rocky Wirtz told a fan forum he would no longer look back at what happened in 2010 or discuss the player.

On the opposite side of the hockey spectrum, universally beloved and envied Patrice Bergeron has announced his retirement from professional hockey after 19 seasons spanning 20 years (yes, he was playing back during the 05 lockout), 1200 games, 1000 points, and fewer than 500 penalty minutes. Patrice Bergeron redefined the Selke Trophy for Best Defensive Forward, winning it even in his final season in the league.

In scoring 25+ goals a season and roasting his competition with 60%+ at the faceoff dot in his final years, Bergeron definitely chose to make the league an easier one to play in than having retirement handed to him.

Happy retirement, Patrice, I hope you have a full life with your four kids and your wife can unpause the career she chose. I will always hate how good you were against my teams, but that's the only bad word I could say.

A Statement from Patrice Bergeron
A Statement from Patrice Bergeron

This is an interesting story. The BCHL left Hockey Canada in order to create better opportunities and pathways for its players to go to college hockey and other pathways blocked by major junior. As a result, the BC Hockey organization have promoted their three Junior-B leagues to Junior-A (replacing the BCHL) as the tier below the major junior WHL. The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Pacific Junior Hockey League, and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League will now be feeder leagues for the WHL.

BC Hockey reclassifies its three junior B leagues to junior A to replace rogue BCHL -
BC Hockey will have a new junior-A system in place for the 2023-24 season. The provincial sports organization will promote all three of its junior B leagues to junior A.

MLHS and I wrote parallel articles about the Leafs and their cap situation.

Leafs Salary Cap Scenarios
Let’s do some math!
How will the Maple Leafs get under the cap? The buyout + trade scenario that makes the most sense
The Maple Leafs gained some further clarity on their salary cap situation over the weekend when Ilya Samsonov was awarded a one-year, $3.55 million contract. After a busy first few days of free agency during which the Leafs added Tyler Bertuzzi, John Klingberg, Max Domi and Ryan Reaves, the Leafs h…