Former Sabre Dale Hawerchuk dies of cancer

Dale Hawerchuk

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo hockey community is mourning the passing of Dale Hawerchuk, who had battled stomach cancer.

Hawerchuk came to the Sabres in a 1990 trade with the original Winnipeg Jets, who drafted him the first overall pick in 1981. He won rookie of the year in the 1981-82 season. His highest scoring output with Buffalo was in 1991-92 when he scored 98 points.

Hawerchuk signed with St. Louis after the 1994-95 season.

After an incredibly brave and difficult battle with cancer, our dad has passed away. My family is so proud of him and the way he fought. #HawerchukStrong pic.twitter.com/xZ1xcaqAOv

— Eric Hawerchuk (@EricHawerchuk) August 18, 2020

Hawerchuk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, and ten years later, enshrined into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.

Hawerchuk was 57.