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Jets Unveil Honourary Dale Hawerchuk Statue at True North Square

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Jets Unveil Honourary Dale Hawerchuk Statue at True North Square

On Saturday evening, the Winnipeg Jets and True North Sports + Entertainment unveiled a stunning statue of longtime Jets legend and former captain Dale Hawerchuk at True North Square, a stone’s throw from the doors of Canada Life Centre.

A 1,000,000 square foot collection of buildings, business/retail offices, hotels, restaurants and public open space, True North Square is situated between Hargrave Street and Carlton Street, at the intersection of Graham Avenue, just outside the doors of the rink.

The ceremony included speeches from a number people close to Dale, including that of former teammates Kris King, Paul Coffey, Dave Ellett and Scott Arniel, as well as current Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele, Jets’ President Mark Chipman and Hawerchuk’s wife Crystal.

“That was first class,” said Jets’ head coach and former teammate/coach of Hawerchuk’s Rick Bowness. “The people who did the statue did an outstanding job. That’s a great image of Dale. I think the organization deserves a lot of credit for honouring Dale the way they have. The statue is fantastic. You look at it, they did a great job and the whole ceremony was very well done and very well deserved. Dale, everybody knows what a great hockey player he was but you can never underestimate what a great person he was.”

The ceremony lasted 45 minutes and drew a significant crowd of Jets fans – most laced in Hawerchuk garb. Fans in attendance were also presented with a commemorate Hawerchuk coin. Those speaking at the ceremony also were at hand for an on-ice presentation prior to puck drop in Winnipeg’s game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Having passed away just over two years ago, Hawerchuk will long be remembered as one of – if not the – greatest Jets to ever lace up in the red, white and blue. The statue built in his resemblance is made of bronze and points true north – a last reminder of his legacy as a Winnipeg Jet.

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.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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