ON JUNE 4TH, 2010 Dale Hawerchuk was named the fifth head coach in Barrie Colts franchise history. Though the Colts have been close in the past years, Hawerchuk is hoping to accomplish the one thing they have yet to do in their 16-year existence, win a Memorial Cup, something he did twice as a junior player with the Cornwall Royals.
Dale played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. Nine years later he was set to begin his coaching career in the OHL.
His experience is not only relevant but also very overwhelming. Dale kicked off his junior career by being named playoff MVP en route to his first of consecutive Memorial Cup championships. In his second season he had 81 goals, 183 points and was named QMJHL First Team All-Star, the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year, and Memorial Cup MVP.
Hawerchuk was drafted 1st overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981, and became the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points, a record since broken by Sidney Crosby in 2006. His incredible freshman season was good enough to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Dale played the majority of his career with the Winnipeg Jets, but also played for the Buffalo Sabres, St Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Toronto born Hawerchuk also represented Canada on the international level. He played for his first home country in the 1987 Canada Cup and was named Team Canada’s MVP with a goal and 2 assists in the decisive third game of the finals. Dale announced his retirement from the game following the 1996-97 season at the age of 34. He retired with 1,409 points, placing him 17th on the career NHL points list.
Hawerchuk’s passion for the game is unparalleled and it’s that passion that he intends to pass to his players on a daily basis. Dale vows to have a well-prepared team and says that preparation was a key factor to his success. In his 17-year NHL career Dale missed the playoffs only twice.
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