The Winnipeg Jets selected Hawerchuk first overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, ahead of future Hall of Famers Ron Francis and Grant Fuhr.
He became the youngest NHL player in history to reach 100 points (a record since broken by Sidney Crosby in 2006), finishing with 103, and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHLâ€™s Rookie of the Year.
He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in 1990, where he continued to excel. In 1995, he signed with the St. Louis Blues, recording 41 points in 66 games before a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers in March, 1996.
He retired with 518 goals, 891 assists and 1,409 points, placing him 17th on the career NHL points list. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.