The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday announced the team will sell puzzles and posters featuring a mosaic of Sabres alumnus and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Dale Hawerchuk, who died in August after a prolonged battle with cancer. Net proceeds from the sales will benefit Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hawerchuk Strong, an initiative supporting important causes close to the hearts of Dale and the Hawerchuk family.
“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.”
Hundreds of Sabres game action photos were used to create the mosaic of Hawerchuk. Puzzles and posters featuring the mosaic are on sale now at ShopOneBuffalo.com. The puzzles cost $25 and the posters can be purchased for $10. The puzzles are 500 pieces and will be produced locally by Buffalo Games.
“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.”
“Dale was an inspiring leader both on and off the ice. Many saw his strength and determination while playing, but what most did not see is the kindness and compassion he extended to our patients and the immeasurable impact that he had on our patients and their families at Roswell Park,” said Cindy Eller, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation executive director. “Having the opportunity to partner with the Buffalo Sabres and Hawerchuk Strong to continue to bring cancer awareness to the forefront of conversation and action is an honor and a privilege.”
The puzzle and poster sales are part of the team’s plans to honor the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month, which will take place the entire month of November. A full list of the team’s plans for Hockey Fights Cancer month can be found at Sabres.com.