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Throwback Thursday: This week in 1981, Winnipeg Jets draft Dale Hawerchuk

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday!

This week in 1981 (June 10), the Winnipeg Jets drafted Dale Hawerchuk first overall.

The selection paid off in short order for the Jets as Hawerchuk scored 45 goals and 103 points in his rookie year. He kept that pace up and was a consistent big-time player for the Jets. His career-best season came in 1985-86.

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Then, he scored 53 goals and 130 points in 8 games finishing second on the ballot for the Hart Trophy. The future Hall of Famer would spend nine years with the Jets scoring 929 points in 713 games.

And on June 16, 1990, his time with the Jets came to an end.

Hawerchuk, along with the Jets’ first-round pick in 1990, was sent to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal. In return, the Jets received Phil Housley, Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker and the Sabres’ first-round pick in 1990.

The Jets then used that draft pick to select Keith Tkachuk 19th overall.

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HAWERCHUK’S CAREER

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 45 58 103 47 -4 4 1 7 8 5
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 40 51 91 31 -17 3 1 4 5 8
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 37 65 102 73 -14 3 1 1 2 0
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 53 77 130 74 22 3 2 1 3 4
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 46 59 105 44 -27 3 0 3 3 0
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 47 53 100 52 3 10 5 8 13 4
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 44 77 121 59 -9 5 3 4 7 16
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 75 41 55 96 28 -30
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 26 55 81 70 -11 7 3 5 8 2
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 31 58 89 32 2 6 2 4 6 10
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 23 75 98 27 -22 7 2 5 7 0
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 16 80 96 52 -17 8 5 9 14 2
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 35 51 86 91 10 7 0 7 7 4
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 5 11 16 2 -2 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 13 28 41 22 5
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 16 4 16 20 4 10 12 3 6 9 12
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 12 22 34 32 9 17 2 5 7 0
NHL Totals 1188 518 891 1409 740 97 30 69 99 67

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