Wirtz was born in Chicago in 1953 and grew up in the liquor business. He assumed control of the Blackhawks in 2007 after the death of his father, Bill Wirtz. Under Rocky’s leadership, the Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013, and 2015).
Wirtz was a passionate businessman and a dedicated hockey fan. He was also a generous philanthropist, donating millions of dollars to local charities.
In recent years, Wirtz faced criticism for the team’s handling of sexual assault allegations against former players. However, he also took steps to address the issue, including hiring a new CEO and creating a new workplace safety committee.