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Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk finishes final round of chemotherapy

2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Alumni Game

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 22: Dale Hawerchuk #10 of the Winnipeg Jets alumni chats with Kelly Buchberger #16 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni during the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic alumni hockey game on October 22, 2016 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)

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Some good news to deliver for a change: Dale Hawerchuk has taken a big step forward in beating stomach cancer.

According to his son Eric, the Hockey Hall of Famer and Winnipeg Jets legend completed his final round of chemotherapy and got to ring the “bell of hope” eight months after being diagnosed.

“We hope” this is the end of a long journey but he’s ready for anything,” Eric Tweeted Tuesday night.

The 57-year-old Hawerchuk was diagnosed in August and was forced to take a leave of absence as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts. In an interview with TSN last October, he said he began suffering from acid reflux symptoms in the summer and a CT scan found a tumor in his stomach.

According to Barrie360, he underwent a gastrectomy in January to remove his stomach, as well as a tumor and cancerous cells.

“For some reason the Lord put me in this kind of fight and I’m ready to fight it,” he told TSN’s Rick Westhead. “I want to live to tell the story.”

Hawerchuk, who scored 518 goals and recorded 1,409 points points during a 17-year NHL career, has been the Colts’ head coach since 2010.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.