He’s been connected to both Jets franchises and it comes as little surprise that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club announced today that Dale Hawerchuk will be inducted into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. Hawerchuk was drafted by the Jets first overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft before playing nine seasons for Winnipeg.
Dale Hawerchuk will be honoured at a special Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to the Arizona Coyotes vs. Winnipeg Jets home game at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Hawerchuk becomes the fourth member of the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame, joining The HOT Line of Anders Hedberg, Bobby Hull, and Ulf Nilsson who were inducted last season. The Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame was created last year to honour the impact and accomplishments of the team’s hockey legends and to celebrate the rich history of professional hockey in the city. The Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame was established to recognize and showcase Winnipeg Jets alumni on an ongoing basis.
Hawerchuk, a native of Toronto, Ontario, played with the Jets from 1981-90. After back-to-back Memorial Cups with the Cornwall Royals in 1980 and 1981, Hawerchuk made his NHL debut with Winnipeg on Oct. 6, 1981 and went on to record 103 points (45G, 58A) in 80 games en route to winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. In his nine seasons in Winnipeg, he led the team in scoring every year and recorded 100 or more points in six campaigns, amassing 929 points (379G, 550A) in 713 regular season games with Winnipeg and adding 49 points (16G, 33A) in 38 postseason games for the Jets.
Dale Hawerchuk was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on June 16, 1990 and went on to notch his 1,000th NHL point on March 8, 1991 and would later become the only player in NHL history to skate in 1,000 games before he turned 31-years-old. Hawerchuk retired in 1997 with 1,409 points (518G, 891A) in 1,188 career regular season games and another 99 points (30G, 69A) in 97 career playoff tilts. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is an honoured member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Following his playing career, Hawerchuk has spent the past seven seasons as the head coach of the OHL’s Barrie Colts.
“I’m incredibly honoured to join the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame and to be recognized alongside the other greats of the past. I look back fondly on the nine years I spent with the Jets and living in the city of Winnipeg. It will be a real treat to return to the city for the ceremony,” says Hawerchuk. “A lot of my best memories in hockey happened during those nine years and it will be a lot of fun to relive those moments with the great fans of Winnipeg.”
Dale Hawerchuk will attend the induction ceremony as well as the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame Luncheon, taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at The Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg. More information about the luncheon will be released at a later date.