Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk is fighting stomach cancer.

The 56-year-old previous Winnipeg Jets star is getting chemotherapy treatment after taking a leave of lack as coach of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League in September.

"The chemo has hit me quite hard," Hawerchuk told "I do it one week and it breaks the body down and after that the next week I take a break and construct my body up so I can do it again. I need to do that for 2 months. I really have a hard time to eat and have a feeding tube, however the last few days I've had the ability 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 battle and I'm all set to battle it. I desire to live to tell the story."

Hawerchuk has actually coached Barrie considering that the 2010-11 season. He had 518 goals and 891 assists in 1,888 regular-season video games with Winnipeg, Buffalo, St. Louis and Philadelphia. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.