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Hall of Famer forced to step away from coaching job for health reasons

Oh no. Awful news. All the best.

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In case you missed the news last week, former NHLer and Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuck has been forced to step away from his head coaching job with the OHL’s Barrie Colts due to health reasons.


Neither the team nor Hawerchuck have commented on the legendary players’ condition.

“We are a tight and close family here and it’s difficult to have to make announcements like this,” team president Howie Campbell said in a statement. “Dale is facing some health issues and will be taking the time he needs to deal with that situation. Our best wishes and thoughts are with Dale and his family during this difficult time.”

“All of us want to see Dale back as soon as possible and we look forward to that day,” Campbell added.

Hawerchuk, a Toronto native, is the longest-serving coach in Colts history and was set to begin his 10th season behind the team's bench before last week’s announcement.

The 56-year-old Hawerchuk had led the Colts to the OHL playoffs in six of his nine seasons, including a final appearance in 2012-13 where the Colts lost to London in seven games.

All the best to Dale and the entire Hawerchuck family.