Dale Hawerchuk, who was arguably the best player in the history of the Winnipeg Jets, died Tuesday following a battle with stomach cancer. He was 57.
The center, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, helped turn the original Jets from doormats — they finished 9-57 with 14 ties in their second season in 1980-81 after joining the NHL from the World Hockey Association — into a competitive team that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first seven seasons in the League.
Here’s a look at some of the most notable facts and figures from Hawerchuk’s career:
1 — Selected by the Jets with the No. 1 pick in the 1981 NHL Draft.
2 — Hawerchuk’s finish in voting for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1984-85, still the highest by any player in Jets/Arizona Coyotes history. He finished second to Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers.
3 — The number of six-point games Hawerchuk had with the Jets. No other player in Jets/Coyotes history has more than one.
4 — Regular-season overtime goals by Hawerchuk. He scored two in 1987-88, and one each in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Hawerchuk did not score an overtime goal in the playoffs.
5 — Assists in one period. Hawerchuk set an NHL record that still stands today by setting up five goals in the second period of a 7-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum on March 6, 1984.
6 — 100-point seasons for Hawerchuk, including five in a row from 1983-84 through 1987-88. There have been just two other 100-point seasons in the history of the Jets/Coyotes.
7 — Seasons in which Hawerchuk scored at least 40 goals, with each coming during his first eight seasons with the Jets.
8 — Goals by Hawerchuk in 31 games against the Buffalo Sabres. They were the only team Hawerchuk played more than 20 times and didn’t score at least 10 goals against.
9 — Seasons that Hawerchuk led the Jets in scoring. He finished first in each of his nine seasons with Winnipeg, from 1981-82 through 1989-90, and never had fewer than 81 points.
10 — Hawerchuk’s uniform number with the Jets and Sabres. He wore No. 12 with the St. Louis Blues in 1995-96 (66 games) and No. 18 with the Flyers in 1996-97 (67 games). The Coyotes entered No. 10 into their Ring of Honor on April 5, 2007.
11 — Combined points by Hawerchuk in the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup tournaments, helping Canada win each. Hawerchuk won the face-off that led to Mario Lemieux’s tournament-winning goal in 1987.
12 — Shorthanded goals scored by Hawerchuk during his 16 NHL seasons. He scored 11 with the Jets and the last one with the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 12, 1994 — against Winnipeg.
14 — Most points by Hawerchuk in one playoff year. He had five goals and nine assists in eight games for Buffalo in 1992-93.
15 — NHL hat tricks by Hawerchuk, all during the regular season. The first 12, still a team record, came with the Jets, the next two with the Buffalo Sabres, and the last with the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 21, 1996.
18 — Consecutive games with at least one point from Feb. 23-April 7, 1985, the longest streak in Jets/Coyotes history. Hawerchuk scored 33 points (17 goals, 16 points) during the streak.
20 — Hawerchuk’s current rank on the NHL scoring list. He was 13th with 1,409 points in 1,188 regular-season games when he retired in 1997. His average of 1.19 points per game is tied for 12th in League history among players with at least 500 games.
103 — Points by Hawerchuk in 1981-82, when he was voted winner of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. He was the first 18-year-old (18 years, 354 days) to score at least 100 points in a season; Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (18 years, 253 days in 2005-06) is the only other player to do so.
117 — The number of points Hawerchuk had in his career against the Kings, the most he had against any NHL team. He scored 38 goals and 79 assists in 81 games against Los Angeles.
130 — Points by Hawerchuk in 1984-85, his NHL career high. Hawerchuk also had an NHL career high in goals (53) that season, when he was named an NHL Second-Team All-Star.
475 — Consecutive games played by Hawerchuk from Dec. 19, 1982, through Dec. 10, 1988. It’s still the longest games-played streak in Jets/Coyotes history.
518 — Regular-season goals by Hawerchuk, now 38th in NHL history. He scored 379 of those goals with the Jets, second to Shane Doan (402) in Jets/Coyotes history.
2001 — Year that Hawerchuk was inducted into the Hall of Fame. It came in his second year of eligibility.