Dale Hawerchuk put Winnipeg and the Jets on the map the day he arrived in our city in 1981, and his love for our community and remarkable Hall of Fame career will keep it there for many generations to come. Dale had a relationship with our fans unlike any player in the history of our franchise. Whether at home or on the world stage, "Ducky" was embraced by so many, so often because of his humility and the grace by which he always carried himself. Dale was quite simply one of the finest human beings we have ever known that also just happened to be a superstar.
The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, our players, our alumni, and our fans will miss him dearly, and we will forever be inspired by his passion for the game, his commitment to his team, and his love for our community.
If you wish to send your condolences to the Hawerchuk family or share your special memories of the Jets legend, please sign our digital guestbook below or use #RememberingDucky on social media and we will publish some of your posts and responses below.
So sad😢 what a incredible human being ❤️I'm thankful that Ducky was my friend and I had a chance to talked with him yesterday and say goodbye🙏this world is not same place without him,Eric you can be so proud of your dad🙏❤️Thoughts love and prayers for all your family❤️RIP DALE https://t.co/SKVHfxSFkB- Teemu Selanne (@TeemuSel8nne) August 18, 2020
My thoughts are with the Hawerchuk's. Dale is the greatest Jet to ever play in this city. I will forever cherish the advice he has given me over the years- Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) August 18, 2020
Reflecting of my time spent with Dale. He was an outstanding coach and mentor who helped my career take off. I am saddened that kids in junior will no longer have that same opportunity to learn under his guidance. Dale was an absolutely amazing person, and I am privileged to have spent time with him. God Bless Dale and his family.
Dale Hawerchuk was everything we look for at Hockey Canada.- Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) August 18, 2020
His love for the game and love to compete - as a player, coach and person - was unrivalled.
We will miss him. pic.twitter.com/XlYa9WAMAT
It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of our head coach and friend, Dale Hawerchuk.- Barrie Colts (@OHLBarrieColts) August 18, 2020
On behalf of the entire Barrie Colts organization and our fans, our condolences and thoughts are with the Hawerchuk family. pic.twitter.com/nmEiGaGxXj
"Thank you Ducky for all those years you gave this city. You will forever be loved and missed by Winnipeg."
- Ryan Joseph, Winnipeg, MB
"I am a proud Winnipegger and Dale was one of the greatest hockey players and human beings I've ever met. Through his charity golf tournaments to his numerous appearances to his never ending live to see the Winnipeg Jets franchise succeed. Dale was a beautiful person inside and out. The world is little emptier, while Heaven just gained another angel! Rest pain free now Dale"
- Jamie Benzelock, Virginia, USA
"Brenda and I send our most sincere condolences to the Hawerchuk family, and as well, to his many friends. He was an inspirational player and an incredible human. Rest In Peace Dale. You will be remembered."
- Dana McComber, Nanoose Bay, B.C.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my boyhood idol and easily the best person to represent our great city. Dale will forever be the greatest Jet and I am so grateful for being able to see him play over the years. My heartfelt condolences to the entire Hawerchuk family"
- Mike Chapman, Sault Ste Marie, ON
"R.I.P Ducky. Thank you for the memories that will live on in hockey fans around the globe. My sincerest condolences to the Hawerchuk family. I grew up in Winnipeg watching the Jets and remember watching and marveling at the puck wizardry you dazzled opponents and fans alike with. Thank you no.10... quite a team they've put together up there."
- Clark McCormick, Akureyri, Iceland
"I grew up watching Ducky and he solidified my love for hockey and the Winnipeg Jets. My first jersey was a Hawerchuk jersey. I still have it to this day. My condolences to the family."
David Lewis, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
"I remember Ducky being drafted. I remember the signing, the goals, the assists. But the memory I think of most is Ducky winning the face-off in the '87 Canada Cup and helping to spring Gretzky and Lemieux loose for the winning goal. World class talent who is gone much too soon. Condolences to his family. RIP Dale. "
- Jack Meseyton, Portage la Prairie, MB
"I loved Ducky more for his connection with the people of Winnipeg than his fabulous hockey skills. He demonstrated how Jets captains should carry themselves both on and off the ice. My favourite memory is his winning the faceoff in the final game of the 87 Canada Cup. There would have been no rush up the ice and no goal without Ducky winning the draw. Rest easy Captain, my Captain. My condolences to him family and friends."
- Lyn Reimer, Toronto, ON
"Condolences to Mr. Hawerchuk's family from a fan, from rural MB. We grew up watching the Jets and hockey and Dale was a hero. Thanks for the battle, Rest In Peace knowing you have inspired many to pursue their own dreams in the great sport of hockey. Ducky you will be missed. "
- Erik Petersen, Denmark
"Growing up in the Peg I had the privilege of watching Dale apply his craft on the ice. He was my All-time favorite player. He was a true class act, who always made time for his fans. My condolences go out to the Hawerchuk family. #HawerchukStrong"
-Jon Stone, Whitby, ON
"As a former Winnipegger and still a Jets fan, Dale was one of our favourite Jets player. He had a huge impact on the game and for many young upcoming players. A true gentleman. May he Rest In Peace. Dale is now a star in the sky. Our sincere condolences to Dale's family and many fans and friends. A huge loss for all of us"
-Angie Tennant, Mississauga, ON
"BEST Jet ever. Wonderful human being. He will truly be missed. From my family we would like to express our deepest condolences. Thank you Dale for allowing us all to be a part you journey."
-Brad Harborne, Winnipeg, MB
"Dale was not only my all time favorite Jet, he was my all time favorite player. He snuck me into a few practices and when Security said out he said NOPE, he is with me. Such a class act. Thank you for the memories #RememberingDucky"
-Steve Wood, Pembroke, ON
"Condolences to the Hawerchuk family. Dale was the first superstar who started his career in Winnipeg. I will cherish the memories of his tremendous play and the pride he instilled in Winnipeg Jets fans."
-Brian Whiteside, Winnipeg, MB
"our city loved "ducky" as if he'd been here all his life! He will surely be missed by all. #10 will live on forever in our hearts and our city!"
-Corey Farrell, Winnipeg, MB
"I watched Hawerchuk light up the league as a Jet and as a member of team Canada. I got to meet him a few years ago at the jets alumni games and was thrilled. I'm sorry for your loss. Hawerchuk is a legend around here and always will be."
-Mike McKay, Winnipeg, MB
"Dale Hawerchuk was my idol growing up. I always wanted to be number 10 just like dale and play for the jets: He was not only the greatest player to ever play for the Winnipeg Jets he was as good of an ambassador off of the ice for the city Winnipeg. My condolences to all the Hawerchuk family. It's truly is a sad day!"
-Ian Tiltman, Vancouver, BC
"Like for so many kids growing up in Winnipeg in the 80s, Dale was my hockey hero. To me his passing means more than losing a part of Jets history; it is the loss of a part of Winnipeg. Peace to Dale's family at this time."
-David Halligan, Chicago, IL
"Wanted to pass on my condolences to the Hawerchuk family during this time. Losing a loved to Cancer is not easy but knowing they will be in a better place with no pain offers some peace in the difficult time. Dale or Ducky as we knew him had always been cherished in this city and as a hockey fan he was so admired not only for his skill on the ice but for the people he made impacts he made with people off the ice. We will forever remember the joy and excitement that he brought our city each season and we were so proud to call him our own. Thank you for the memories and the pride he helped instill in our city and province. He will always be remembered with the highest regard and even though he is gone way too soon we are truly blessed for the time we were able to have with him. Rest In Peace Dale. #HawerchuckStrong"
-Carl Osato, Winnipeg, MB
"We have many favorite memories of Dale's time playing hockey in Winnipeg. While we did not know him personally, we are among those who are learning more about the man who touched many peoples' lives. This is sad news for the hockey community, his friends and, most importantly, his family. Condolences to those who were part of his inner circle whose hearts are aching at this time."
-G & L Maksymyk , Winnipeg, MB
"RIP Ducky, Condolences to your family! You were such a superstar and a huge asset to the jets! You will forever be missed! Fly high Soldier!!! "Winnipeg Salute"!!!"
-Steven Rosdobutko, Winnipeg, MB
"To the Hawerchuk family: Our condolences to you! He's a part of our history and memories, and we are all fortunate for that. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Hope you find comfort and peace, and treasure the love you shared."
-David Hutchinson, SW, MB
"I have rarely been so touched by the passing of an athlete. Dale embodied everything we could hope for in a superstar that was stationed in Winnipeg. His legacy will last for many generations and the news that his statue was already in the works is proof of his positive impact here in Manitoba. Thank you Dale, you made us so proud!!!"
-Craig Basaraba, Winnipeg, MB
"I hope that both Dale and his family realized just how much he was loved and appreciated during his years as a Winnipeg Jet, and after. My sincere condolences to his family and friends - we share your sorrow."
-Jeanie Dubberley, Winnipeg, MB
"My parents moved to Edmonton in 1976. When I found out I was born in Winnipeg, I did nothing but cheer on the Bombers and the Jets. Watching Dale lead the Jets, was truly amazing. He is, in my mind, the definition of 'Friendly Manitoba'. R.I.P."
-Davindra Singh, Edmonton, AB
"You were the greatest , you made the Jets proud , you made Winnipeg proud ,and you will live in our mind forever as one of the greatest people ever to lace on the skates as a Jet , condolences to all , we are now short of one of the best that walked the planet ,you will live in our hearts forever !!"
-Patrick Blaney, Seven Sisters Falls, MB
"Dale was a true professional and a fine representative of the Jets 1.0. He will be missed. Condolences to the Hawerchuk family for their loss."
-Kenn Rosin, Winnipeg, MB
"A piece of my heart went with you Ducky. You were my childhood idol, my all-time favourite Jet and one of the best representatives our city has ever had. My condolences to the Hawerchuk family; Heaven gained a great man. Enjoy hockey from the best seat in the house."
-Theresa Basarab, Winnipeg, MB
"I have many childhood memories going to Jets games in the eighties The Hawerchuk family I'd like to say I'm glad I got to see Dale play in person and truly sorry for your loss He was legendary Winnipeg Jet"
-Bryan Foy, St. Andrews, MB
"Its a sad day for hockey. Dale made it easy to be a Jets fan as he was a true superstar and the most humble leader amongst men. His skill and his star quality let the world know Winnipeg was a true NHL city . Loved watching him at the old arena. Condolences to his family. He will be missed but always remembered."
-Rob Reimann, Winnipeg, MB
"Ducky was my teenage "Rockstar" that I grew up idolizing. I was and still am a "true north" Jets fan and he truly inspired me to cheer on my jets heroes over the years. He also inspired me to play hard as a ringette player, and then to encourage others while coaching and reffing. Dale inspired me with all of his endeavors and even inspired the name of our second son. God bless you Dale Hawerchuk! Rip...."
-Diana Fries, Buffalo Point, MB
"Played my first NHL game on Dale's line in Winnipeg. Couldn't asked for a better guy to be my line mate and teammate to break in to the league. Dale you were a true leader. RIP Dale..."
-Brent Hughes, BC
"Hearing the news was difficult to say the least...I've been and always will be a Ducky fan...Rest In Peace Ducky...You will be missed by many both near and far..."
-Lawrence McCorrister, Peguis First Nation, MB
"Our condolences to Crystal & children, We will never forget the thrill of watching Dale and Jets 1 at the old Winnipeg Arena. Such great hockey, great, exciting games and above all else, watching Dale become a superstar. You couldn't find a more down to earth, likable guy. He never took himself too seriously and always had time for all his fans. RIP Dale, you earned it."
-Leslie Sammons, Winnipeg, MB
"So sorry to hear of your loss, Dale was a great ambassador for the game and the Best Player to ever put on a Jets Jersey. Like many other Manitobans I have great memories of watching him play the game that he loved so much. He will Always be in my thoughts....."
-Brent Wachal, Birds Hill, MB
"Ducky as a child I went to many games and watched you. I loved your tenacity and off ice your willingness to interact with the fans you will be missed RIP Ducky. Our condolences to your family may they have the peace of God with them during this tough time."
-Cameron Ogilvie, Winnipeg, MB
"Thank you, Dale, for making The Winnipeg Jets a winning and classy team! We missed you when you left to play for Buffalo but we've been so lucky to have you back as a guest in Winnipeg. Thank you for all the young men that you've coached that are now in the NHL. You have shown them how to play hockey and be a winner on the ice. Condolences to your family as they will miss you a lot. The Winnipeg Jets fans miss you too. Thank you for all you did for the sport of hockey."
-Sandra Mueller, Winnipeg, MB
"My son wore #10 in his first year of hockey last winter "for Ducky" after hearing how much I respected him as a player growing up. Last night we drove to the tennis court to play ball hockey in our Jets jerseys. It felt like the right thing to do. Deepest condolences to the Hawerchuk family. As great a player as he was, it's clear he was an even greater person off the ice, and that legacy lives on. We are united in our memories. Thanks for those, Dale."
-Kerky Family, Minden, ON
"My Condolences and Respects at Dale's passing. My favourite Jet of all-time. A Player's Player. The quiet hero on the team, with an un-equaled work ethic. His skill, spirit, and commitment are a legacy for all Jets in the future to follow, and strive for. #10 in our programs, and forever #1 in the heart of My Jets Nation. Respect."
-Graham Hawkins, North Vancouver, BC
"I wasn't a big hockey fan, but I became one when I first saw Dale Hawerchuk play. Boy was he good. When he came to the Winnipeg Jets boy did we get a gem. Dale you will live in my heart forever, and never be forgotten. We in the "Peg" love you. Rest in Peace Ducky ❤️����"
-Tony Tavares, Winnipeg, MB
"just want to thank you Dale for being my inspiration in life. Throughout my hockey career you were the one player I always looked up to. I wanted so badly just to be just like you. As I grew older, I started to realize your just as good of a person as you were hockey player. It really meant a lot to me how you embraced Winnipeg as your home. My son just recently turned 2 years old and he loves hockey with a passion. My promise to you Dale is that I'm going to make sure my son knows all about who you were as a person and as a hockey player. I want my son to emulate your style just like his dad did. Thank you once again for the great memories that I will cherish forever. RIP Dale Hawerchuk. My hero. #greatestjetever"
-Ryan Solleveld, Winnipeg, MB
"My heart is broken but at the same time, my heart feels good knowing he and his family are no longer suffering in pain and now resting in peace. Thank you to Mr. Hawerchuk and his wife for being so kind to invite me into their home when I was a little girl to ride their horses. And thank you for the memories I have with my father growing up and going to and watching on tv Jets games and watching my favorite player play, of course being Ducky. My condolences to the Hawerchuk family and friends. Love and hugs."
-Tasha Hologroski, Vancouver, BC
"Dale was always that player I thought exemplified the word professional. I had the pleasure to meet him a few times and he always had time to chat to a fan. The first time I met him I was asked to take up some room service at the hotel I worked at. This wasn't something that I was regularly asked to do so it was just dumb luck that my hockey hero would answer the door to sign for his lunch. They say don't meet your heroes they never live up to the way you want them to be. I'm so glad I was able to meet my hero, he was a better person than I could have ever imagined."
-Hammer Krastel, Airdrie, AB
"Dale meant the world to myself and my family. He was the hockey star I looked forward to most coming home from school and keeping up to date with his stats and watching him play on television and listening to the radio to hear the name ``Hawerchuk`` I was fortunate enough to meet him numerous of times including one memorable summer day at the Hawerchuk family Gimli Cottage. I went up to him as the builders were completing construction and he came out to say hello. He remembered me from previous occasions as I always would tell him he was my favorite hockey player and that I named my brother after him. His reaction was always the same Even as a little kid I knew it meant something to him. That day concluded with my friends from the next-door Ukrainian camp and I unintentionally allowing the Hawerchuk family dog to follow us back along the beach. I remember to this day, the middle of the night, RCMP and Dale showing up at the camp. I`m sure he was furious but he didn't show it. I will always cherish 10 and for what he did for my passion for Winnipeg and the sport of Hockey...... THANK YOU!"
-Brad Keith, Winnipeg, MB
"His hockey greatness was only surpassed by his genuine niceness. In the early 80's my friends and I spent a weekend in Toronto/ St. Catherine's cheering on the Jets at the Molson's Baseball tournament. Thru a stroke of luck, we met Morris Lukowich on the plane ride from Winnipeg and he got us on the Jet's bus. We went to every game with the team and found them all to be great guys. Dale stood out in a great bunch. True gentleman. Kind to all fans. Humble and kind. 37 years later, I remember his kindness. He loved Winnipeg and Winnipeg loved him. A giant in every way. I see so much of his influence in Mark Scheifele. Well done Dale. What a legacy he has left for us. My sympathy to his family. Heaven's hockey just got a lot more interesting! Love you Dale!"
-Janet Vogt, New Bothwell, MB
"RIP to a hockey and Winnipeg legend. We grew up pretending to be Dale Hawerchuk on the ice. Then learn you should try to be like him off the ice as well. Thanks for the memories, Ducky, condolences to your family and friends. Winnipeg grieves and will always remember the greatest Jet of all time."
-Matthew Giesbrecht, Winnipeg, MB
"I was at a charity event and some of the big boys of hockey were there. I saw Dale walked up to him and said. Thank you for making the dreams of many people come true. Not just on the ice but in the community. He smiled said thank you, you must be from Winnipeg and I said yes. He was truly a great guy. RIP Ducky",
-Warren Burns, Winnipeg, MB
"I am so sorry for your loss and I am so saddened by the loss of my hockey hero. It wasn't easy being a Jet's fan growing up in the Edmonton area, but the Jets were and always have been my team and Dale was always my favorite player. As I got older and saw what good things Dale did for others I appreciated him for being a great man and great hockey player. I got to meet Dale for about 90 seconds in Toronto at the Hall of Fame in 2001 on his induction weekend. He actually cared that I wanted to speak to him. I am so grateful that I had those 90 seconds 19 years ago. Dale is the new captain of the team in heaven. Rest well Dale."
-Trevor Crawford, Spruce Grove, AB
"When we lived in Gimli, I remember going to the old barn, up against the glass watching you take a poor pass, off the back blade of your skate and bring it up to your stick. There is lots of skill in the NHL but I don't think anyone could have done that at full speed without missing a step. I also remember you spending time with my son at your cottage in Gimli. We still talk about how nice you were to our kids. May you finally be at peace and not suffering any longer."
-Don Walker, Winnipeg, MB
"Whenever someone spoke about this man, it was always with respect for him as an athlete, but more so about how he treated others...in a dressing room you could imagine what it was like to play with him, for him or against him...but in the end you were not just a better hockey person but a better human being...to his family please know each and every person fighting a battle against cancer saw him as a gentle warrior...he will be truly missed but always remembered with the best among us"
-Wendy Heidrick, Winnipeg, MB
"Surreal to hear that yesterday when I received my Hawerchuk Strong Hat that sadly today Dale lost his battle to cancer. My heartfelt condolences to the Hawerchuk family. A wonderful player that I did get to witness Dale play in person once at Winnipeg Arena on January 8, 1988 when the Jets and Oilers skated to a 4-4 draw. May the Legend of Ducky live forever."
-Robert Fraser, Edmonton, AB
"Shocked and saddened when I heard the news of Dale's passing. I had the privilege of seeing him play for the Jets in the 80s. I became a Jets fan then and am still one today. I was lucky to be in attendance at the Heritage Classic in 2016. Brought back a lot of great memories. Deepest sympathies to the Hawerchuk family and friends on your loss. He will be greatly missed. A Jets hockey legend forever #10. D-U-C-K-Y!! Rest in Paradise!"
-Rozina Ghani, Winnipeg, MB
""Look at this gentleman waving! He always appeared so very humble. From the moment I heard of his illness last year I have kept praying for his recovery and now the more I read about him the sadder I become. Yet I love to read about him anyway. My sons and I spent many evenings screaming with excitement in the Winnipeg arena to watch the Jets play, those years when Dale was playing were the best years for the Jets hockey club. I still have the 5x7 picture of my young son on Dales knee for a picture. No other words can express the sadness of Dales passing. My thoughts go out to his family and to tell them that he will always live in your heart, keep strong knowing his kind heart beats with yours. Sincerely Kathryn, David and Andrew."
-Kathryn Johnson, Brandon, MB
"Dale was my first favourite player when I started liking hockey, and he's still my favourite today. A true talent and a great human being, he will be missed, my condolences to the Hawerchuk family. #HawerchukStrong"
-Dean Erikson, Sherwood Park, AB
"Saddened for his family as he was taken from them far too soon. My condolences to them may they take comfort in their memories they had with him. As I fan I am saddened as I remember him to be a class act both on and off the ice. RIP Ducky and thanks for the memories."
-Michelle Stanton, Winnipeg, MB
"We have two amazing memories of Dale and his kindness. After Dale was cross checked in the back vs. Calgary my 90-year-old grandmother knit Dale a scarf and to my surprise Dale spent time with her to say thank you. The second was when our son was 14 we took the team to a junior game at Dakota arena and Dale was there. We scrambled to find something for an autograph and the boys timidly went up to him. He was fantastic talked to each of them and gave them a moment that they still cherish."
-Barry McArton, Winnipeg, MB
"I've never met Dale in person, but I did have the privilege to watch him many times at ice level taking photographs at the old Barn Arena where he would mesmerize you with his speed and puck handling ability. You always knew that when Gretzky and the Oilers were in town you were in for a heck of hockey game with Dale always leading the pack. That was an exciting time in hockey. Legends like Dale don't come around often, and those who were able to watch him play live were the fortunate ones."
-John Lockhart, Winnipeg, MB
"Growing up in the 80's I really looked up to Dale as a true role model. I have talked to my own kids now as a father about how he was so unselfish as a player and as a person He will not be forgotten. RIP Dale."
-Curtis Brownridge, Winnipeg, MB
"7 years ago, my aunt from Winnipeg gave me a vintage hockey shirt with Dale's name and number on it for my 40th birthday on her trip to her place of birth. I met her and two of my cousins the month before during my trip across Canada. Our stop in Winnipeg was a very special one, and we walked all the way from the Forks to the MTS centre and back to Union Station before continuing our trip. I guess i am the only one in our small country wearing a shirt with his name and number. And from now on i will wear it with pride, knowing what he meant to the city and the rest of the hockey loving nation. He will be missed as much as he was loved. Rust zacht Dale / Rest in peace Dale."
-Ed Renes, Driebergen, The Netherlands
"I was born in 1976. Dale Hawerchuk was my first sports hero. The world had #99, but #10 was the bigger number in Manitoba. Dale never got to be on a cereal box or in a Saturday morning cartoon. He didn't have a flashy silver stick or hang out with Hollywood actors. Dale was our humble superstar. It's how we like them here. Too young to pass on, he will always be in my best memories. Condolences to his family. RIP Mr. Hawerchuk."
-Christopher Dohie, Winnipeg, MB
"Thank you for all the memories, Dale. You put Winnipeg on the NHL map. It was an honour to see you skate with the Jets and help bring along some of the best in the game today as coach of the Barrie Colts. Thoughts with your family! #10 Ducky Forever Ernie, Patrick and Sean"
-Ernie Dumas, Calgary, AB
"I shall remember Dale (Ducky) for all he has done for this city (Winnipeg, Mb.) He had a big heart & such a very pleasant personality and so loved by many in the hockey association and to see how much he was so loved & remembered by the many young men who has learned from him from coaching them. With profound love and prayers that God helps you all in your time of sorrow. My deepest & sincere condolences. A young life taken too soon! RIP Dale! May you rest in Peace! Sincerely yours, Monique Gobeil"
-Monique Gobeil, Winnipeg, MB
"We weren't able to watch him play but looking into some videos, we knew he was the best Jet ever. He has brought Winnipeggers together by his love of the game and he has made the city known by it as well. Thank you, Ducky, for the wonderful memories and for playing with all your heart. We are truly grateful for you! Soar High, Ducky! You truly are an inspiration! #Salute #GoJetsGo"
-LJ Carino, Winnipeg, MB