Barrie Colts and Alumni React to Dale Hawerchuk Passing Over Social Media. #HawerchukStrong #ThankYouDucky

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With the passing of Dale Hawerchuk, the hockey world has come together to share stories of how he impacted the game. From his incredible time in junior hockey, through Hall of Fame NHL career and as a beloved and respected coach, Dale left an impact everywhere he went.

Dale had the respect of fans and players who he coached while here in Barrie. We wanted to share some of the comments of former players, from guys like Lucas Chiodo to Andrei Svechnikov.

We are still scanning through social media and as we come across more former players, we will be sure to update them and let you know when that happens. We are also working hard on some ideas to honour Dale Hawerchuk here on Very Barrie Colts. Be sure to keep your eyes open for those because we are excited to share them with you.

Also, please remember to continue to support the Hawerchuk Strong campaign by clicking here.

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Today the hockey world lost an incredible man, a loving husband, a role model father, and a coach that would do anything for his players. I had the pleasure of being traded to Dale’s Barrie Colts at the beginning of 2014. Soon after, I caught a scary career threatening virus. Dale mentored me through it, and acted as a father figure for me, constantly telling me I would recover from it. He believed in me at a time when I didn’t even believe in myself. After many hard, deep conversations we developed a close relationship to the point that I felt comfortable enough to ask if I could wear his number 10. Again, Dale gave me his backing, and honoured me with his number and captaincy shortly after. I’m not sure I can find enough words to describe the effect this coach had on my life not only as a player but also how to carry myself as a person. I wish I had known a month ago in your backyard it was going to be goodbye I would have said more . Thank you for the Legacy you left behind. R.I.P Dale Hawerchuk 1963-2020

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