Note: The tributes for Dale Hawerchuk continued on Wednesday as the life and career of the Hockey Hall of Famer was celebrated by fans, his teammates, his former players and journalists across the NHL.
Barrie Today: Scheifele remembers Dale Hawerchuk as his ‘guardian angel’. The fact that Scheifele ended up being the first ever draft pick of the reborn Winnipeg Jets and the fact that Hawerchuk played a role in his development is somewhat poetic. The Jets top centre spoke about the impact Ducky had on his career.
Barrie 360: Dale Hawerchuk was a players coach according to Colts TV colour analyst. Hawerchuk spent the last decade mentoring the next generation of hockey players in Barrie.
Grand Forks Herald: UND coach Brad Berry fondly remembers Winnipeg Jets teammate Dale Hawerchuk. University of North Dakota Head Coach Brad Berry and Hawerchuk were teammates in Winnipeg for four years and Brad shares his thoughts on the type of person Hawerchuk was.
Staten Island Live: Staten Island’s Kevin Labanc grateful for NHL great Dale Hawerchuk’s influence. Most folks in Winnipeg think of Dale Hawerchuk the unbelievable forward for the Jets but he spent nine seasons in the OHL having an impact on the next generation including San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc.
Buffalo News: Sabres prospect Matej Pekar pays tribute to junior coach Dale Hawerchuk. I suspect we will be reading even more of these types of stories as more and more of his former players pay tribute to their coach.
Winnipeg Sun: Ex-Jets Arniel, Hawerchuk, friends to the end. When you hear about the manner in which Hawerchuk reached out in his final days it isn’t hard to see why he was so well respected and able to maintain relationships that spanned decades.
Winnipeg Free Press: Beloved Jets icon left an indelible mark. (Paywall). I’ve said this often the last few days but if you grew up in Manitoba during the 80s a large reason for your hockey fandom can probably be attributed to the exploits of Dale Hawerchuk.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: I was amazed at Hawerchuk’s skill. Former Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tim Watters joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed his memories of playing with Dale Hawerchuk on the Winnipeg Jets.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Hawerchuk was a franchise player. Winnipeg Jets alumni Doug Smail joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed Dale Hawerchuk’s impact on the Winnipeg Jets as an 18 year old, his skillset and how he carried himself off the ice.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Hawerchuk’s passing leaves massive hole in hockey world. NHL.com columnist Dave Stubbs joined the Big Show to look back on the life and legacy of Dale Hawerchuk, including how the Jets legend touched the lives of countless members of the hockey community.
TSN 690 Montreal: Hawerchuk was a true leader. Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser joined the show to talk the offiating standard in the playoffs so far, developing ties with players, Habs vs Flyers, the life and career of Dale Hawerchuk and more.