Former Canadian Hockey League and Western Hockey League president Ed Chynoweth has passed away Tuesday.
"The WHL and the entire Canadian hockey community have lost a great leader today in Ed Chynoweth", said WHL Commissioner, Ron Robison. "The success the WHL and our Member Clubs are experiencing today is a direct result of the vision and leadership Ed Chynoweth provided to this League over the past 37 years."
Chynoweth, 66, was the first full-time president of the WHL and served in that capacity from 1972 until 1995. The WHL recently renamed the WHL Championship Trophy the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
"No one has contributed more to the growth and development of the WHL since the Leagues' inception than Ed Chynoweth," said Robison at the time.
Born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, Chynoweth also served as the president of the Canadian Hockey League for 20 years (1975-1995) and has spent the past forty years working in Canadian major junior hockey. Most recently, Chynoweth served as president of the Kootenay Ice.
"He was the architect of the Canadian Hockey League as we know it today," said David Branch, OHL commissioner and Chynoweth's successor CHL president, to the Canadaian Press.
"Our country was going through some challenges in terms of views and attitudes politically and Ed was able to bring three leagues together and there was always a sense of fairness and a passion for the game."
Chynoweth was elected to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Chynoweth was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2006. He is survived by wife Linda, and sons Jeff and Dean.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later this week.