Winnipeg Jets honouring Dale Hawerchuk with statue Saturday night

By News Staff

The Winnipeg Jets are honouring the late Dale Hawerchuk ahead of Saturday night’s NHL pre-season clash against the Oilers.

The organization will unveil a statue commemorating the Jets legend and Hall of Famer.

The event will take place at True North Square plaza, at the corner of Graham Avenue and Hargrave Street.

The ceremony is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. and is open to the public.

Hawerchuk’s wife Crystal and some of his former teammates are expected in attendance. Jets alumni will include Kris King, Paul Coffey, Dave Ellett, Scott Arniel, Mark Scheifele, Randy Carlyle, Serge Savard, Dave Babych and Paul MacLean.

To accommodate the unveiling ceremony, True North Square plaza will be closed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A fly-by featuring four 17 Wing CT-155 Hawks will cap off the ceremony.

Puck drop against the Oilers is at 7 p.m. All fans in attendance at the game will receive a Hawerchuk commemorative coin.

Hawerchuk, who became the face of the Winnipeg Jets, died in August 2020 at the age of 57 after a battle with stomach cancer.

A teenage star, Hawerchuk was drafted first overall by the Jets in 1981. He went on to play nine seasons in Winnipeg and five in Buffalo before finishing up his distinguished 16-year NHL career with stints in St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Hawerchuk recorded 518 goals and 1,409 points in 1,188 regular-season games (he added 30 more goals and 99 assists in 97 playoff games).

—With files from The Canadian Press.

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