NHL Legend Dale Hawerchuk Dies of Stomach Cancer

NHL Legend Dale Hawerchuk dies of stomach cancer
NHL Legend Dale Hawerchuk passes away at the age of 57.

Dale Hawerchuk, hockey Hall of Fame and winning Jets legend recently passed away after being diagnosed by stomach cancer. Hawerchuk was known for the immense talent he had. After being diagnosed, he started chemotherapy treatment in April. But in July, his son Eric stated that the cancer had returned. As a player he was underrated but this never seemed to bother him. Always a team player, he was the number 1 overall pick for the Hall Of Fame. As a young player who dominated everyone by scoring eight goals in one game and during his final season of Junior Hockey, he had 81 goals and also 12 Memorial cups. He was the youngest to score 100 points and was leading the Jets with a 48-point improvement. Dale also won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the Rookie of the Year.

He enjoyed success during his time in Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, Saint Louis Blues, and Philadelphia Flyers. During his time in Cornwall Royals, he was 16 years old. In 72 games, he scored 37 goals and 103 points which led him to winning the Rookie of the Year. He played an important path in leading his team to win. He won the playoff MVP before the Royals won the Memorial Cup. Hawerchuk was also named the first-team all-star.

NHL Legend Dale Hawerchuk dies of stomach cancer
Dale Hawerchuk

Apart from all this, he took home the Guy Lafleur Trophy and George Parsons Trophy for his game and sportsmanship. After his Rookie year, he was crossing new milestones. The Royals won the QMJHL and Hawerchuk won Jean Beliveau Trophy and Michel Briere Memorial Trophy. He also won the Stafford Smythe Memorial when his team won the second Memorial cup. The 1981 NHL draft titled him as #1 in the overall selection and also named him the CHL player of the year. He went on to coach the young players so that he could help develop a new generation of players.

During his 31st birthday, he was the first player to play his 1000th game. His Jersey with number 10 after retiring from Jets was inducted into the Ring of Honour. Hawerchuk has played all 5-star games and by the time he ended his NHL career, he had 1188 games with 518 goals, 891 assists, and 1409 points. Even though he played with Buffalo for five seasons, he was a part of the Sabres Hall of Fame. He was a part of the Canada team when they won in 1987 and 1991. In 1982 and 1986 in world Hockey championship Hawerchuk won bronze and silver in 1989. In 2001 he joined Jari Kurri, Mike Gartner, and Viacheslav Fetisov into the hockey Hall of Fame. Hawerchuk’s death was a huge loss to the world of hockey and people took up to their social media to pay tribute to their superstar.

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