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Lemieux, Blackwood share touching tribute to Hawerchuk

Former teammates played for Hall of Famer who is battling cancer

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

This one's for you, Coach.

New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux shared a photo with New Jersey Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood and added a touching tribute to their former coach and Hockey Hall of Famer, Dale Hawerchuk.

Tweet from @blemieux22: Being #hockeyfightscancer month in the NHL @MacBlackwood1 I thought we would take the opportunity to thank our former coach Dale Hawerchuk for everything he did to help us live out our NHL dreams.He is in the fight of his life and we ask you to keep him in your prayers pic.twitter.com/TNY3eeSQjo

Lemieux and Blackwood both played for Hawerchuk with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League. 

Hawerchuk was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001 and took over as Colts coach in 2010. He guided the team for nine seasons before taking a leave of absence on September 3, later revealing he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

"It really strips you down," Hawerchuk told NHL.com earlier this month. "You feel like, man, you don't know if you're going to make it, the chemo hits you so hard. But I'm still young and they're telling me everything else is good, all my organs are good, so I should be able to fight this."

The Rangers and Devils played Saturday afternoon at Prudential Center, reuniting Lemieux and Blackwood on the final day of November, which is designated as Hockey Fights Cancer Month.

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