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Hockey Hall of Fame center and right wing Dale Hawerchuk was born April 4, 1963 in Toronto. Selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the first overall pick of the 1981 NHL Draft, Hawerchuk was a prolific scorer for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Cornwalls Royals, posting 103 points as a 16-year-old and following it up with 81 goals and 183 points in 72 games.

Making the immediate jump to the National Hockey League, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward lived up to the hype that surrounded him. As a rookie with the Jets, he piled up 45 goals, 58 assists and 104 points.
Hawerchuk went on to enjoy a stellar NHL career that saw him produce six seasons with 100 or more points, 10 seasons with at least 90 points and 13 seasons with 80-plus points.

Over the course of his career, Hawerchuk played for the Jets, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Flyers. Overall, he played 1,188 regular season games (518 goals, 891 assists, 1,409 points, 740 penalty minutes) plus 97 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs (30 goals, 69 assists, 99 points, 67 penalty minutes).

Hawerchuk finished up his stellar career by spending the latter portion of the 1995-96 season and the entire 1996-97 campaign with the Flyers. He came over from the Blues in a one-for-one trade for veteran checking center Craig MacTavish on March 15, 1996.

 

 

Although chronic hip problems and advancing age no longer allowed him to consistently perform at his former level and forced him out of the lineup for significant stretches, Hawerchuk showed flashes of the form that made him one of the NHL's most feared offensive players of the 1980s to early 1990s. Many of Hawerchuk's best games as a Flyer came in marquee games against top opponents and/or in clutch situations.

In 67 regular games as a Flyer, Hawerchuk produced a respectable 54 points (16 goals, 38 assists) including 20 points in 16 games over the balance of the 1995-96 season after the trade from St. Louis. In 29 playoff games as a Flyer, Hawerchuk chipped in five goals and 16 points in a supporting role to Eric Lindros and Rod Brind'Amour that frequently saw Hawerchuk move to right wing from his longtime center spot.

Hawerchuk was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. He began a lengthy head coaching career with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts in 2010.