BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday the team will sell puzzles and posters featuring a mosaic of former Sabres star and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Dale Hawerchuk. The proceeds from the sales will benefit the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hawerchuk Strong, which is "an initiative supporting important causes close to the hearts of Dale and the Hawerchuk family."
Hawerchuk died in August after a battle with cancer, the Toronto, ON native was 57-years-old.
“Dale left a lasting legacy as a hockey player and coach, but more importantly as a brave and caring person,” Sabres vice president of community relations Rich Jureller said. “We hope this small token of our admiration for him and his courageous battle will serve as a tribute to the type of person Dale was and we can’t think of a better way to honor his legacy than to raise money for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hawerchuk Strong.”
Officials say hundreds of Sabres game action photos were used to create the mosaic of Hawerchuk. The 500 piece puzzle is $25 and the poster is $10, the items are for sale here.
“I'd like to thank the Buffalo Sabres and the City of Buffalo for their support,” Eric Hawerchuk said. “My dad loved being a Sabre and always said how great the fans were. It means a lot to have so much support and we know the funds raised through this campaign will contribute to a great cause.”
The team says the puzzle and poster sales are part of the team's plans to honor the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer month, which takes place the entire month of November.