Hockey jerseys, gloves and pants were stored in boxes, stored in Dale Hawerchuk’s house. Now the family of the former Winnipeg Jets center is auctioning off their memorabilia.
“We just wanted … to find a way to give back to some fans,” said Eric Hawerchuk, Dale’s son.
The family sells 43 items through Classic auctions, a company based in Delson, Quebec. The 1989 Dale Jets and 1985 NHL All-Star jerseys, both signed, are among the items in the running. There are also rings, trophies, watches and mugs.
Each item is accompanied by an authentication letter from the family.
“While he’s played hockey all these years, (he) collected so much,” Eric said.
Dale died of stomach cancer on August 18, 2020 at the age of 57. The Jets legend looked around the boxes with his son before moving on; afterwards, Eric and his family took over.
“My dad wasn’t really the type to show off,” Eric said. “We don’t have a lot of things on display in the house. When you go down … in some of the storage lockers that we have, we have some pretty amazing things.”
Not all of Dale’s memorabilia are publicly available.
“We all went through it together, as a family, and we chose a few things that were close to our hearts,” Eric said.
Fans can also bid on three non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which represent the highlights of Dale’s career. NFTs are one of a kind digital works of art.
One shows Dale was selected first in the 1981 NHL Draft. Another freezes the third period faceoff of Game 3 leading to Mario Lemieux’s goal in the 1987 Canada Cup final. The latter details Dale’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
“I think this will be a really exciting step into the future of collectibles and commerce. It’s pretty neat,” Eric said.
This is the first time that Classic Auctions has sold NFTs, according to Marc Juteau, president and founder of the company.
“We’re excited to see the interest in it and if there is a market,” Juteau said.
He started working on the Hawerchuk auction six months ago. Already, offers are pouring in, he said.
His favorite piece – which had the highest bid on Saturday – is Dale’s 1987 Canada Cup Team Canada jersey. Dale wore it during a row with Wayne Gretzky and Lemieux.
“It’s a very important memory for me, without a doubt,” said Juteau.
On Saturday it stood at $ 5,453. The auction ends on October 26.
Hawerchuk played for the Winnipeg Jets from 1981 to 1990. During this time he helped win the Canada Cup, appeared in the NHL All-Star game four times, became the youngest player to reach 100 points (he was 19 at the end of the regular season), and has had five consecutive seasons of over 100 points.
He went on to play for the Buffalo Sabers, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers. This summer, the Winnipeg Jets announced that a statue of him will be unveiled in True North Square next August. A section of Graham Avenue has been honorably named Dale Hawerchuk Way.
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