A cool moment from Saturday by Lemieux and Blackwood for former Barrie Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk


I forgot to put this up due to being busy. However, I thought this was a very cool moment that happened prior to the latest installment of the Hudson Rivalry on Saturday.

As you know, November was Hockey Fights Cancer month. Well, not that long ago, both Brendan Lemieux and Mackenzie Blackwood were teammates who played for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. They were coached by Hockey Hall Of Famer Dale Hawerchuk. He’s currently battling cancer.

In a nice gesture, Lemieux and Blackwood took this photo together below prior to the game:

AP Photo by New York Rangers via MSG Network

I thought it was great. They get it. There’s so much more going on than a hockey game between rivals. You have to know Lemieux and Blackwood are close despite who they play for. Knowing what their former coach is going through, they showed a lot of heart.

Hawerchuk was recognized by the Barrie Colts that night too above. Here was what Lemieux had to say about the picture he took with Blackwood before the Rangers defeated the Devils 4-0:

Tremendous stuff. That is what it’s all about!

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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