Dale Hawerchuk, from Toronto, ON, played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with nine of those coming as a Winnipeg Jet. Drafted #1 Overall by the Jets in 1981 he led the team in scoring each of his nine seasons and played a total of 713 games amassing 929 total points. This included a career-high 53 goals and 130 points in 1984-85. Dale won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1982 after a stellar season of 103 points (45G, 58A) in 80 games. Dale was the Captain of the Jets for six seasons and represented the team in multiple All-Star Games, World Championship and The Canada Cup. Dale is an "honoured member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
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JETS SELECT DALE HAWERCHUK FIRST OVERALL: After leading the Cornwall Royals to two consecutive Memorial Cup Championships, Dale was selected first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft held on June 10, 1981 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
JETS SIGN DALE HAWERCHUK TO HIS FIRST CONTRACT: On August 13th, 1981, Dale Hawerchuk signed his first contract with the Winnipeg Jets at the iconic corner of Portage and Main.
FIRST NHL GOAL: Dale scored his first NHL Goal on October 9th, 1981 at 0:54 of the 1st Period vs the New York Rangers on Goaltender Steve Baker in an 8-3 win.
FIRST NHL ASSIST: Dale had his first NHL assist on October 9th, 1981 at 0:52 of the 2nd Period vs the New York Rangers on a Norm Dupont Goal in an 8 - 3 win.
FIRST NHL HAT-TRICK: Dale scored his first NHL hat-trick on October 25th, 1981 vs the Los Angeles Kings in a 9-4 win. Dale scored his goals at 4:09 and 14:04 of 2nd Period and 15:20 of 3rd Period. Norm Dupont had assists on all 3 goals.
FIRST 5 POINT GAME: On March 13th, 1982 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Dale had 3 Goals and 2 Assists in a 10-2 win. Goals were scored at 6:00 of the 1st period, 14:16 of the 2nd and 16:34 of the 3rd period. Assists were made on Paul MacLean goals at 10:45 of 1st and 5:45 of 2nd period.
FIRST - 6 POINT GAME: On December 14th, 1983 vs the Toronto Maple Leafs Dale had 3 Goals and 3 Assists in a 8-4 win. Goals were scored at 5:34 of the 1st, 17:54 of the 2nd and 0:35 of 3rd period. He assisted on goals by Lucien DeBlois at 2:25 of the 1st and 4:06 of the 3rd and on one by Tim Young at 15:43 of the 2nd.
HAWERCHUK'S 50TH GOAL: Dale Hawerchuk became the first Jet to score 50 goals in a season with this shorthanded effort on March 29th, 1985 in a 5-5 tie vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
350th NHL GOAL: On March 24th, 1989 vs the Calgary Flames Hawerchuk scored at 6:33 of the 2nd Period on Rick Wamsley in a 4-3 win. Goal was assisted by Iain Duncan and Andrew McBain.
500th NHL ASSIST: On October 20th, 1989 vs the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-2 loss Dale assisted on a Power Play Goal by Randy Cunneyworth at 9:36 of the first period. Moe Mantha had the other assist.
900th NHL POINT: On January 31st, 1990 vs Toronto Maple Leafs Dale scored at 18:33 of the 2nd Period on Jeff Reese which was assisted by Pat Elynuik and Brent Ashton.
379th AND LAST REGULAR SEASON GOAL AS A JET: On March 12th, 1990 vs. the Calgary Flames Dale scored at 12:34 of the 2nd Period on Rick Wamsley in a 5-4 Overtime loss. The goal was assisted by Dave McLlwain and Teppo Numminen.
LAST PLAYOFF GOAL AS A JET: On April 4th, 1990 Dale scored the game winning goal at 15:30 of the 3rd period vs the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of the Smyth Division Semi-Finals.
It all started on June 10, 1981.
That year, the NHL Draft was held at the Montreal Forum, and the Winnipeg Jets held the first overall pick. Then general manager John Ferguson had made it clear whom the club was going to select.
Dale Hawerchuk's connection to the city of Winnipeg was about to begin.
The 18-year-old was introduced to the city two months later at the famed Portage and Main intersection, and was handed his number ten jersey. He signed his first contract on August 13, and from that point forward, he began crafting a Hall-of-Fame worthy career.
"I'll never forget coming out of the tunnel skating out for my first game at the old Winnipeg Arena playing the Toronto Maple Leafs," Hawerchuk said. "It just felt like my skates never touched the ice, I was just on a high the whole night.
"I was one of those kids that played road hockey and dreamed about playing in the NHL, and here it was happening in Winnipeg."
I was one of those kids that played road hockey and dreamed about playing in the NHL, and here it was happening in Winnipeg.DALE HAWERCHUK
From 1981-1990, Hawerchuk made things happen night after night at Winnipeg Arena. His first season, his 45 goals and 103 points earned him the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year in 1982. He would top the 100-point mark in six of his nine seasons in Jets colours, but one of those seasons stood above them all.
Over the course of his 17 NHL seasons, Hawerchuk scored 40 or more goals six times. But in 1984-85, he notched a career-high 53. Not only was it the first time Hawerchuk had hit the 50-goal mark, he was also the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
"The way it happened, a shorthanded goal, the way they play happened, the way the goalie came out, those are moves you don't think about beforehand. I can tell you that," Hawerchuk laughed, referring to the spin move he pulled in front of the Chicago Blackhawks net before sliding a backhand just inside the post.
"I was sure happy to see it go in, and of course the ovation from the crowd is something you really appreciate."
The Winnipeg crowd was loud that night in late March. But it was after the regular season ended and the playoffs began, that the fans reached a whole other level. Especially when the famous Winnipeg White Out made its debut in 1985.
"It really surprised the players the very first time," Hawerchuk said. "It was so loud, it was so bright in the arena, that when we came out for the start of the game, it was like 'Wow. This is like a whole new building.' It took the players by storm, and seemed to take the league by storm."
Hawerchuk represented Canada six times in his career, but perhaps none stick out more than the 1987 Canada Cup, when won the face-off that led to one of the greatest Canadian hockey moments:
Mario Lemieux's goal in the third and deciding game of the tournament final, leading Canada to a 6-5 win over the Soviet Union.
"I remember (Coach Mike Keenan) tapping me on the shoulder. Mark Messier was tired at the end of a shift, and he says go take the draw," Hawerchuk said. "You're in the last minute, you've got the whole country on your shoulders it seems like, and you've got Mario on one side, and (Wayne Gretzky) on the other. It's like 'alright this is a pretty good situation to be in, so let's win this draw and get going.' It couldn't have worked out any better.
"I can tell you, winning that series in 1987, there was not much gas left in the tank of anybody."
Hawerchuk was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, following a career that finished with 518 goals and 1,409 points, with 929 of those points coming as a member of the Jets.
Now, the man who wore the captain's 'C' for five seasons in Winnipeg, will see his name raised to the rafters at Bell MTS Place, honouring a career that he says was all about finding his niche.
"I never played a game to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. I played the game to win. The one thing I understood, was it was a team game," said Hawerchuk. "Everybody has their strengths and their shortcomings, but you had to find what your niche needed to be for that team.
"I'm so proud to be a Winnipeg Jet. The fans have been so inspirational. We all feel it's a special place in our heart. We're proving it again. I want to be here when the Stanley Cup comes here. I want to be a part of it."
"DUCKY" NICKNAME: Dale Hawerchuk talks about how the "Ducky" nickname came to be.
JETS CHARACTERS: Jets Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk talks about his memorable teammates in the 1980's.
1987 CANADA CUP: Dale Hawerchuk reflects on one of the greatest games and moments in international hockey history.
50TH GOAL: Dale Hawerchuk relives his 50th goal in 1984-85, becoming the first NHL Jet to score 50 in a season.
MOST MEMORABLE GAMES: Dale Hawerchuk talks about his most memorable games in a Winnipeg Jets uniform.
THE WHITEOUT: Dale Hawerchuk and Thomas Steen re-live their memories of the famous Winnipeg Whiteout.
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: Dale Hawerchuk talks about being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.