Remembering Dale Hawerchuk: ‘A Humble Superstar’

When Dale Hawerchuk died Tuesday morning after battling cancer, the hockey world lost a Hall of Fame player and person, a sublimely talented performer who never seemed bothered by the fact that he was underappreciated and, in many ways, a victim of circumstance. As a man and a teammate, Hawerchuk was every bit as unassuming.

Remember the 1987 Canada Cup final game? If so, you undoubtedly recall the Gretzky-to-Lemieux play that led to the winning goal with 1:26 left to give Canada a 6-5 win in one of the greatest games ever played. What you might not remember is that Dale Hawerchuk scored a goal and an assist in that game and that the winning play started as a defensive zone faceoff for Canada, which Hawerchuk won. As brilliant as Gretzky and Lemieux were that night, Hawerchuk was named MVP of the game. It was one of the very few times Hawerchuk was recognized for outshining two of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

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