Hawerchuk was 57.
Dale Hawerchuk, the Winnipeg Jets legend beloved around the hockey world and a Hall of Famer, has passed away at the age of 57 after fighting cancer.
Hawerchuk played for the Jets and the Buffalo Sabres during his career, scoring 1,409 points in 1,188 games.
Hawerchuk was beloved in the hockey world, and particularly in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Jets issued a statement on his passing:
“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.”
The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, our players, our alumni, and our fans will miss Dale Hawerchuk dearly, and we will forever be inspired by his passion for the game, his commitment to his team, and his love for our community. #RememberingDucky #HawerchukStrong pic.twitter.com/Vgj78TsSco
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) August 18, 2020
On Twitter, Canadian Forces in US shared a video of Hawerchuk winning the faceoff that led to the iconic Gretzky to Lemieux goal in the 1987 Canada Cup, leading Canada to victory over the Soviet Union:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hawerchuk family.
Photo – Screenshot (image credit: Winnipeg Jets)