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Dale Hawerchuk Has Passed Away At Age 57

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Dale Hawerchuk, the leading scorer in the first iteration of the Winnipeg Jets and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has died, his son Eric announced over Twitter on Tuesday.

Dale Hawerchuk was 57 and had stomach cancer. The forward was a six-time 100-point scorer for the Jets and helped make them a consistent Stanley Cup Playoff team during the 1980s. He held the franchise career records for goals (379) and points (929) until Shane Doan, captain of the Arizona Coyotes and the last member of the original Jets still active in the NHL, surpassed them during the 2015-16 season. By then, the relocated franchise was concluding its 20th season in Arizona after moving from Winnipeg in 1996.

Hawerchuk was a star almost from the time he began playing competitive hockey at age 4. He played junior hockey with Cornwall of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and had 103 and 183 points in his two seasons, helping the Royals win the Memorial Cup each time.

The Jets took Hawerchuk with the No. 1 pick in the 1981 NHL Draft and he was an instant star, winning the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL after scoring 45 goals and 103 points in 1981-82 and becoming the first player to reach 100 points as an 18-year-old. The Jets improved by a then-NHL record 48 points from the previous season, finished second in the Norris Division and qualified for the playoffs for the first time.

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NEW YORK (Aug. 18, 2020) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Dale Hawerchuk:

“The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Dale Hawerchuk, an instant and enduring star who captured the hearts of two hockey-loving cities, represented his country with class and distinction, and is one of the most decorated players in our game’s history.

“A prodigy almost from the moment he first donned skates in his native Toronto, the precocious Hawerchuk immediately dazzled at every level – from a legendary performance at the Quebec Pee Wee Tournament to leading Cornwall to his first of two Memorial Cup titles as a 17-year-old to being named Memorial Cup MVP and Canadian Major Junior Player of the year in 1980-81. Selected first overall by Winnipeg in 1981, he won the Calder Trophy to commence a brilliant, nine-season career with the Jets that ultimately led to his No. 10 being honored by both the Jets and Coyotes. For his second act, upon being traded to the Sabres, he produced five superior seasons in Buffalo, where he also is considered a local hero.

“A revered leader whose commitment to charitable causes was tireless, Hawerchuk also was a force on the world stage, playing a pivotal role for Canada in both of its 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup triumphs. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, Hawerchuk was in the midst of a similarly successful post-playing career as a coach and director of hockey operations of Barrie of the OHL when he became ill and was taken from us far too soon. We send our condolences to his wife, Crystal; their three children, Ben, Eric and Alexis; and countless teammates and fans who were fortunate enough to see him play and call him a friend.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/18/20 at 03:25 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Wow, I had no idea he was ill. He was always fun to watch.

RIP, Sir.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 08/18/20 at 04:18 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

SportsNet did a really good piece on him during the 1st intermission of PHI/MTL. I imagine they’ll run it again in later games (plus youtube, etc).

Posted by Steeb on 08/18/20 at 05:21 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Michael Farber of TSN with a feature on Howerchuk.

I will post the Sportsnet video when available.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/18/20 at 05:38 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

EFF CANCER, RIP.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 08/18/20 at 07:48 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Just horrible. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 08/18/20 at 10:17 PM ET

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