Barrie Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk is taking a leave of absence for the upcoming season.
The Colts announced yesterday the former NHL star is making the move for health reasons but did not specify the nature of Hawerchuk's issues.
We are a tight and close family here and it's difficult to have to make announcements like this," team president Howie Campbell said in a statement. "Dale is facing some health issues and will be taking the time he needs to deal with that situation. Our best wishes and thoughts are with Dale and his family during this difficult time."
"All of us want to see Dale back as soon as possible and we look forward to that day," Campbell added.
Hawerchuk was going into his 10th season behind the Barrie bench, the longest-serving coach in Colts history.
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