Does Dale Hawerchuk Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Dale Hawerchuk was an offensive star for a mediocre team. But, despite his Hart trophy nominations, he was never as dominant as some of his contemporaries.

Does Dale Hawerchuk belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Listen to us discuss his case here:

Class of 2001: Fetisov, Kurri, Gartner, Hawerchuk

Dale Hawerchuk’s Career:

  • NHL: 1981-97; 16 seasons, 15 quality
  • Totals:
    • 518G (25th All Time),
    • 891A (21st All Time, 12th at his retirement) for
    • 1409P (20th All Time, 12th at his retirement)
    • -98 in
    • 1188 Games;
    • 112 PS
  • Draft: Drafted 1st overall in 1981, Hawerchuk is
    • 2nd in Goals
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 2nd in Points
    • 7th Last in Plus/Minus
    • 6th in Point Shares
    • 5th in Games
  • Era: Of the 13 skaters to play in 1106 Games (13 seasons), only one of whom is not in the Hall Fame (Dale Hunter), Hawerchuk is
    • 6th in Goals and GPG
    • 6th in Assists and APG
    • 4th in Points and PPG
    • Last in Plus/Minus
    • 4th in Offensive Point Shares
    • Last in Defensive Point Shares
    • 7th in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 36G, 62A for 98P, -7
  • 3-year peak (1983-86): 80-game average of 45G, 67A for 113P, -7
  • No possession data available
  • Playoffs:
    • 30G, 
    • 69A for 
    • 99P, 
    • -21 in 
    • 97 Games
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 435G
      • 754A for
      • 1189P
      • 82-game average: 30G, 52A for 82P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
    • VsX:
      • 448G
      • 822A
      • 1,119P
      • Per Game: Not in the Top 25
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 27 with a 1990 First Rounder (Brad May) for Phil Housley (26), Scott Arniel (27), Jeff Parker (25) and a 1990 First Rounder (Keith Tkachuk)
    • Traded at 32 for Craig MacTavish (37)

Dale Hawerchuk’s Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Hart voting twice
  • Calder (‘82)
  • Top Player:
    • Top 10 Player (by PS) once (‘85)
    • Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) twice (‘85, ‘88)
    • Top 10 twice (‘87)
  • Goals:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in Goals three times
    • GPG leader-boards:
      • Top 10 in GPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 50 goals once
      • 45 goals four times
      • 40 goals seven times (1 of only 17 players ever)
      • 35 goals nine times (1 of only 17 players ever)
      • 30 goals ten times
      • 25 goals eleven times
      • 20 goals twelve times
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Assists three times
      • Top 10 five times
    • APG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in APG three times
      • Top 10 four times
    • Single-season totals:
      • 80 assists once
      • 70 assists four times (1 of only 12 players ever)
      • 60 assists five times
      • 50 assists thirteen times (1 of only 7 players ever)
      • 40 assists fourteen times (1 of only 17 players ever)
  • Points:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in Points twice
      • Top 10 four times
    • PPG leader-boards:
      • Top 5 in PPG twice
    • Single-season totals:
      • 130 points once (1 of only 23 players ever)
      • 120 points twice (1 of only 15 players ever)
      • 100 points six times (1 of only 15 players ever)
      • 90 points ten times (1 of only 5 players ever – Gretzky, Dionne, Lemieux, Jagr)
      • 80 points thirteen times (1 of only 4 players ever – Gretzky, Dionne, Messier)
      • 60 points fourteen times (1 of only 21 players ever)
  • All Star:
    • 2nd All Star once
    • 5 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: 108th All Time
      • Assists: 48th All Time
      • Points: 62nd All Time
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: 85th All Time
      • Assists: 47th All Time
      • Points: 48th All Time

Dale Hawerchuk’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Runner Up (‘97 Flyers)
  • World/Canada Cup:
    • Top 6? Forward (by points) on two Champions (‘87, ‘91 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Top 3 Forward (by points) on one Silver (‘89 Canada) and one Bronze (‘86 Canada)Top 6? Forward (by points) on one Bronze (‘82 Canada)

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