On Tuesday morning, True North Sports + Entertainment announced its plans of extending the Dale Hawerchuk memorial at True North Square in Winnipeg’s downtown neighbourhood. In already maintaining the honourary display for one week’s time, True North will see the shrine remain as a centrepiece until Thursday, September 3.
After the announcement of the longtime Winnipeg Jets forward’s death on Tuesday, August 18, Jets President and Chairman announced that the club determined the best immediate way to honour the former team captain was to remove the sweater retirement banner from the rafters of Bell MTS Place and position it in the public eye, at the viewing square adjacent to the arena.
Currently hung on display at the centre of the public plaza, Hawerchuk’s No. 10 banner will spend a total of 16 days alongside a large screen rolling his highlights from his draft day (1st overall in 1981 to Winnipeg) through his playing career, to his involvement in bringing the 2016 Heritage Classic to Manitoba’s capital city.
On top of the banner, Chipman – alongside Assistant GM Craig Heisinger – had been in conversation with Hawerchuk prior to his death about erecting a Dale Hawerchuk statue in Winnipeg, honouring the legacy he left behind. Although unable to see the project through, Hawerchuk was delighted to be informed of the plan prior to his passing, according to Chipman.
Back in late May, Hawerchuk’s hometown of Oshawa, ON. announced that a future park to be located at the former site of Donevan Collegiate Institute is set to be built under the name of ‘Dale Hawerchuk Park’. The park was unanimously approved by the Oshawa city council, and is slated to be erected for the spring of 2022 off of Harmony Road South in the new ‘Symphony Towns’ development.
True North Square is a 1,000,000 square foot collection of buildings, business/retail offices, hotels, restaurants and public open space situated between Hargrave Street and Carlton Street, at the intersection of Graham Avenue – a stone’s throw from Bell MTS Place.
A proud member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, ‘Ducky’ put up 518 goals, 1,409 points and 740 penalty minutes in 1,188 regular season contests, before adding another 30 goals, 99 points and 67 penalty minutes in 97 postseason games. Nine of his seasons were spent playing for the original Winnipeg Jets in the 1980s.
He served as team captain from 1984-90, before moving on to play for the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers. Hawerchuk also earned two Canada Cup championships (1987, 1991) before turning his attention to coaching, where he stood at the helm of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts for nine seasons, coaching the likes of current Jets forward Mark Scheifele.