At five-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Hawerchuk wasn't blessed with size or blistering speed. Born April 4, 1963, in Toronto, Hawerchuk grew up in close-by Oshawa, Ont., getting his first pair of skates at age two and playing competitively at 4. A grateful John Ferguson drafted Hawerchuk in 1981. In 1987, Hawerchuk made history with Gretzky at the Canada Cup in Hamilton. Hawerchuk played 713 video games as a Jet, recording 379 goals and 929 points. Mark Chipman remembers Dale Hawerchuk:

True North Sports and Entertainment chair Mark Chipman spoke to media Tuesday, after it was announced that Winnipeg Jets legend Dale Hawerchuck, 57, passed away after battling cancer. 1:27

A grateful John Ferguson prepared Hawerchuk in 1981. Hawerchuk went to Winnipeg as an 18-year-old and spent nine years there, stating he felt like he grew up in the Manitoba capital.

The Jets had finished last in the league prior to preparing Hawerchuk, who signed his very first pro contract before a bevy of Manitoba notables, consisting of the mayor at the corner of Portage and Main, after getting here in a Brinks truck.

Youngest to score 100 points

He did not disappoint. The teen scored 45 goals and gathered 103 points, was named rookie of the year-- the youngest recipient at the time-- and led Winnipeg to a 48-point enhancement, the biggest single-season turnaround in the NHL.

He was the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points, a record broken by Sidney Crosby in 2006. Not surprising that his early profession included contrasts to Wayne Gretzky.

"He has the very same impulses, that puck sense, of Gretzky," stated Mike Doran, Winnipeg's director of gamer workers in 1981.

In 1987, Hawerchuk made history with Gretzky at the Canada Cup in Hamilton. He won the faceoff in his own end that led to a Gretzky-Mario Lemieux rush and Lemieux's famous winning goal in a 6-5 victory that chose the firmly contested three-game series.

"It turned out fantastic," stated Hawerchuk, who often responded to Canada's call.

Hawerchuk, centre left, was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 with Mike Gartner, left, Jari Kurri, centre right, and Viacheslav Fetisov.(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)When he was inducted

into the Hall of Fame, the Jets were no more(the team was restored in Winnipeg in 2011). However he stated the Jets "are etched in my mind every day that I live."

The franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996 and ended up being the Coyotes. Eleven years later on, Hawerchuk signed up with Bobby Hull and Thomas Steen on the Coyotes' ring of honour.

Hawerchuk reworded the Jets record book before being traded to Buffalo throughout the 1990 NHL draft. As an unlimited free representative, Hawerchuk signed with the St. Louis Blues in 1995 before being dealt to Philadelphia whom he helped to the Stanley Cup last in 1996-97 season, his last season.

Slowed down by a hip problem, he retired at the age of 34.

A shy type, Hawerchuk stated he savoured the moments with his colleagues in the privacy of the dressing space one of the most.

"It's a real special feeling, and nobody can take that from you," he stated.

Just missed playoffs once

Hawerchuk missed the playoffs just when-- in 1988-89 with Winnipeg-- throughout his NHL profession.

He balanced more than a point-per-game for 13 consecutive seasons, ending up being the 23rd gamer to reach the 500-goal plateau in 1995-96 and the 31st gamer to tape 1,000 points in 1990-91.

He was also the very first NHLer to play in his 1,000 th career video game prior to his 31st birthday.

Hawerchuk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 in addition to Viacheslav Fetisov, Mike Gartner and Jari Kurri in the player category.

"It's like going back down memory lane," he said in his induction speech.

"All the experiences have been fantastic. I suggest, often they didn't feel so great. You had your lows and highs. However when I look back on it, I wouldn't alter a thing ... Even though I didn't win a Stanley Cup, I still would not change a thing. I believe to request for more would be greedy."

Hawerchuk was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in November 2011.

Referred to as Ducky by his teammates, Hawerchuk was inducted into the Jets' Hall of Fame prior to their game versus the checking out Arizona Coyotes in November 2017.

"Tonight, we fly Ducky's number high," said a homage video, to the sounds of Mötley Crüe's House Sweet Home, prior to his No. 10 was raised to the rafters.

"Please welcome house perhaps the greatest Jet of all time," stated the PA announcer.

On Friday, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers stars from the days of old provided hockey fans at the MTS Centre a sneak peek of what's in store Saturday during the Heritage Classic Alumni video game. 2:56

Hawerchuk played 713 games as a Jet, recording 379 objectives and 929 points. He also served 5 seasons as captain.

"I've been to every part of [Manitoba], either golfing or playing [softball]," Hawerchuk said. "I've gotten to see Manitobans, seen their enthusiasm not just for their province and the video game of hockey but their passion for the Jets. I'm honoured, and I'm really humbled."

Hawerchuk was the 4th member of the Jets Hall of Fame, signing up with Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson and Bobby Hull, who all bet the group throughout its World Hockey Association days.

The durable Hawerchuk played in 75 or more regular-season games in each of his first 13 NHL projects. After retiring, he ended up being part of the ownership group of the Tier II junior Orangeville Crushers, stepping behind the bench in 2007 prior to joining Barrie.