If you grew up watching the Buffalo Sabres in the early '90's, then you definitely know how great a hockey player Dale Hawerchuk was.

The Hockey Hall of Fame forward played for the Sabres from 1990-1995 and scored over 500 goals in his career, which included the Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers, along with the Sabres.

Unfortunately, Hawerchuk is in a battle for his life. According to WGRZ, he's currently fighting stomach cancer.

"The chemo has hit me pretty hard," Hawerchuk told NHL.com. "I do it one week and it breaks the body down and then the next week I take a break and build my body up so I can do it again. I have to do that for two months. I really struggle to eat and have a feeding tube, but the last few days I've been able to eat a little bit, too. You've got to keep your nutrition up.

"For some reason the Lord put me in this kind of fight and I'm ready to fight it. I want to live to tell the story."

Hawerchuck (56) has been the head coach of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League since 2010. He's taken a leave of absence for his cancer treatment.

I barely remember Hawerchuk myself as a Sabre but my dad and older brother say he was perhaps the most underrated Sabre of the last 30 years. He averaged more than a point per game in his illustrious career.

Sending prayers and well wishes to Hawerchuk and his family.

Read the story at WGRZ.