Devastating news: Blackhawks writer Mike Spellman dies

For those who toil in there, the press box feels like a fraternity. Sports reporters often spend more time with other sports reporters than they do with their families.

Mike Spellman lived in that world. That’s why the Chicago sports fraternity was devastated today in learning the news that he died unexpectedly yesterday. Today would have been his 51st birthday.

Spellman recently took over the Blackhawks beat for the Daily Herald. He succeeded Tim Sassone who died last year.

Spellman’s greatest asset was his versatility. He covered everything for the Daily Herald. I got to know him from his work as a golf writer.

Beyond that, Spellman was one of those guys you looked forward to seeing when you walked in the press room. He always was friendly and had an upbeat attitude. Believe me, upbeat isn’t a description that applies to many reporters.

Daily Herald sports editor Tom Quinlan summed up how we all felt about him: “He was such a good and kindhearted person that you were even more impressed by his outgoing spirit and positive nature. We lost a true friend and a colleague we greatly admired.”

Spellman was a true pro. He will be missed in Chicago.




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