"I was fortunate to see Dale come into the league," Jets chairman Mark Chipman said Tuesday. Flanked by the two greatest talents the game has ever seen, Nos. Dale Hawerchuk, a hockey phenom who became the face of the Winnipeg Jets en route to the Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with stomach cancer. “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,” read a statement from the Winnipeg Jets. All rights reserved. That Gretzky-to-Lemieux winner is royalty among Canadian hockey highlights. I think everybody shared that sense of pride in Dale's career as a player. A teenage star, Hawerchuk was drafted first overall by the Jets in 1981. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. … I was amazed.”. He told TSN in October he began suffering from acid reflux symptoms in the summer and a CT scan found a stomach tumor. The clock had wound down to its final few minutes, with the score between Canada and the USSR knotted at 5–5 and the title on the line. "I mean, sometimes they didn't feel so great. I'm honoured and I'm very humbled.". #HawerchukStrong pic.twitter.com/xZ1xcaqAOv, — Eric Hawerchuk (@EricHawerchuk) August 18, 2020. The next season, as a 17-year-old, he led the Quebec league in goals (81), assists (102) and points (183) when he was named Canadian major junior player of the year. Dale Hawerchuk was a legend who carried himself with humility and grace. “He would drop his shoulder a little so it would look like he was going low with the puck, and then boom — he’d put it top shelf.”. "I had many dreams and aspirations to make the National Hockey League. Hawerchuk was also a two-time Memorial Cup champion with the QMJHL’s Cornwall Royals and won two Canada Cups representing Canada. That Gretzky-to-Lemieux winner is royalty among Canadian hockey highlights. The forward was a five-time All-Star and voted the 1982 Calder Trophy winner. And I was very fortunate I got to live those dreams for 16 years in the National Hockey League.". He won the faceoff in his own end that led to a Gretzky-Mario Lemieux rush and Lemieux's famous winning goal in a 6-5 victory that decided the tightly contested three-game series. Hawerchuk’s skillset seemed ahead of its time — as if a prodigy of today’s dynamic, creative age was dropped in the ’80s. Dale Hawerchuk, a hockey phenom who became the face of the Winnipeg Jets en route to the Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with stomach cancer. Hawerchuk, 57, was diagnosed in August, forcing him to take a leave of absence from the Colts. He did not disappoint. It was this indomitable collection of abilities that eventually carried Hawerchuk to the sport’s biggest stage, and one of hockey history’s most unforgettable moments, when he took the ice on Sept. 15, 1987, at the Canada Cup. “Dale had a relationship with our fans unlike any player in the history of our franchise. And it didn’t take a Cold War battle of epic proportions to bring out the best in Hawerchuk, either. 66 and 99, Hawerchuk braced for puck-drop as the 17,026 in attendance at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum held their breath. Eric Hawerchuk said in July on Twitter that the cancer had returned after his dad completed chemotherapy in April. If it is, we could use your help. Former Jets star Teemu Selanne said he had a chance to talk to Hawerchuk on Monday and say goodbye. The Jets and Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, a team Hawerchuk coached, confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday. “The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Dale Hawerchuk… The Jets and Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, a team Hawerchuk coached, confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday. But buzzing around in the background, making it so, was Hawerchuk. Sorry we could not verify that email address. 1:21:13 'Remembering Ducky' presented by BellMTS Re-Run. “He loved playing in Toronto,” Lukowich says. Slowed down by a hip issue, he retired at the age of 34. "I think we were all still very much in awe of the fact the Winnipeg Jets had joined the National Hockey League. Known as Ducky by his teammates, Hawerchuk was inducted into the Jets' Hall of Fame prior to their game against the visiting Arizona Coyotes in November 2017. "I've gotten to see Manitobans, seen their passion not only for their province and the game of hockey, but their passion for the Jets. 99, says Lukowich. “It was almost like we had an American Hockey League team playing in the NHL,” he recalls. Sign in or register for your free account, Canadian soldier killed in Netherlands in Second World War identified, Germany launches 4-week partial shutdown to curb virus, 'It means a lot': Planning underway for permanent Humboldt Broncos crash memorial. Daily updates for Weather, Traffic, News, and Entertainment. We didn't recognize that password reset code. {* legalAcceptanceAcceptButton *}, {* backButton *}

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