After sharing his stomach cancer diagnosis in October, Dale Hawerchuk is continuing his fight after undergoing a successful gastrectomy this week. His son, Eric, shared a message for the hockey community that thanked everyone for their support throughout the Hall of Famer’s battle.
My dad is recovering in hospital from a successful gastrectomy. Thank you to everyone who has been asking about/thinking of him. I can’t believe how great his fans are. I’ve been showing him all your messages and tweets. He is so thankful. #duckystrong #ducky— Eric Hawerchuk (@EricHawerchuk) January 10, 2020
In an interview with TSN’s Rick Westhead in October, the long-time NHL forward called this battle with cancer the “the fight of my life.”
“For some reason the Lord put me in this kind of fight and I’m ready to fight it. I want to live to tell the story,” the Hockey Hall of Famer said.
The 56-year-old was known mainly for his playing time with the Winnipeg Jets, but made appearances with the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, and Philadelphia Flyers during his 16 years in the NHL. After 1188 games played, Hawerchuk scored 518 goals, 1409 points and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
On January 4th, the Buffalo Sabres, celebrating their 50th season, honoured their past by hosting a 90’s Night. Former teammates paid tribute to Hawerchuk who was unable to attend by bringing his jersey for the event.
Team photo on the bench. Players are holding up a Dale Hawerchuk jersey for the picture. Hawerchuk, who coaches at Barrie in the OHL, is away from his job there as he battles stomach cancer.— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) January 4, 2020
Hawerchuk was serving as head coach of the OHL’s Barrie Colts before he took a leave of absence at the start of the 2019-20 season.
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