In an interview with Rick Westhead of TSN, the long-time NHL forward revealed he has been battling stomach cancer.
Currently the head coach of the OHL’s Barrie Colts, Hawerchuk had to take a leave of absence at the start of the 2019-20 season, but it was only described as a health issue and nothing more.
Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stomach cancer in August, saying he is optimistic as he battles “the fight of my life.”— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) October 21, 2019
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Known for his battling on the ice, Hawerchuk will continue to battle through his treatment.
"The chemo has hit me pretty hard," he said in the interview with Westhead. "I do it one week and it breaks the body down and then the next week I take a break and build my body up so I can do it again. I have to do that for two months. I really struggle to eat and have a feeding tube, but the last few days I've been able to eat a little bit, too. You've got to keep your nutrition up.
“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 56-year-old is mainly known for his 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.
Through 1188 games played, Hawerchuk has scored 518 goals and 1409 points. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
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