Barrie names road after Dale Hawerchuk., An Oshawa native and Hockey Corridor of Famer

Dale Hawerchuk, an Oshawa native and Hockey Hall of Famer who passed away in 2020, has a street named after him.

Hawerchuk, who died at the age of 57 after a long battle of stomach cancer, left a lasting legacy in the town of Barrie, where he coached the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts for nearly 10 years.

To celebrate that long tenure, the town of Barrie and the Colts teamed up to name the street that leads to the Sadlon Arena where the Colts play, Dale Hawerchuk Way.

The naming, which took place on December 17th, was announced in the presence of Crystal Hawerchuk, Dale’s wife, and Eddie Hawerchuk, Dale’s father. Also in attendance were Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman and Barrie Colts owner and President Howie Campbell.

Count. Gary Harvey brought the idea to the city council earlier this year. “Dale was a great act and he represented the city and the Barrie Colts tremendously. As a mentor to his players, he did everything to ensure that they were personally and professionally successful. I’m so excited that we are honoring Dale and his family by naming the street after him, ”said Harvey.

Lehman said, “Dale defined the spirit of hockey. He gave so much to the game and our community. Dale has brought so many hockey fans and the town of Barrie so much joy. I am honored to announce that the Dale Hawerchuk Way will forever be part of the city of Barrie. “

Crystal Hawerchuk said, “I know that Dale meant so much to the town of Barrie and the Barrie Colts, and that town meant so much to Dale. He loved being here and loved being the head coach of the Colts. It is a great honor for me and our family to have the street that leads into the arena he loved named after him. Our family loved being part of this community, so this is very special. “

The city of Oshawa also honored Dale Hawerchuk by naming a park after him. The park is located on the site of the former Dr. FJ Donevan High School on Harmony Road, where Hawerchuk was a student in the late 1970s, before embarking on a spectacular junior and professional hockey career that led to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He later began coaching at the junior hockey level and had a long career with the Colts.

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