Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Time: 28 Days
Address: c/o Barrie Colts
Item Sent: 1984-85 Topps, 1991-92 Score Canadian 1000 Point Club, 1991-92 Score Canadian
Item Received: 1984-85 Topps, 1991-92 Score Canadian 1000 Point Club, 1991-92 Score Canadian. All signed in thin blue Sharpie.
To celebrate the return of the Winnipeg Jets this season, I decided to write to the greatest Jet of them all. Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk gave instant credibility to Winnipeg when they took him first overall in the 1981 draft. He won the Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) that season as an 18 year old by scoring 45 goals and adding 58 assists. In fact, he topped the 100 point mark six times in his first seven seasons (he scored a lowly 91 points during his sophomore season), topping out at an incredible 130 in 1984-85 (53 goals, 77 assists). Still, buried in the Smythe Division with the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, Hawerchuk's Jets teams were never able to escape the second round of the playoffs.