Barrie Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk stepped behind the bench for his 500th career OHL regular season game on Sunday, guiding the Barrie Colts to a 3-2 road win in North Bay.
The Central Division-leading Colts improved to 14-7-2-1 on the season as Hawerchuk joined Dale Hunter (London Knights), Stan Butler (North Bay Battalion) and George Burnett (Guelph Storm) as the fourth active OHL coach in the 500-game club.
Hawerchuk, who joined the Colts at the start of the 2010-11 season, has won three Central Division crowns (2013, 2015, 2016) and one Eastern Conference title (2013) in his seven seasons with the club.
Hawerchuk’s tenure in Barrie follows a decorated playing career that spanned 16 NHL seasons spent with Winnipeg, Buffalo, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, he remains the Winnipeg Jets’ all-time leading scorer, was a five-time NHL All-Star and was the first player in NHL history to appear in 1000 games before his 31st birthday.
Hawerchuk was recently inducted into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame on November 14th.
The Toronto, Ont. native boasts a career OHL coaching record of 251-217-32, resulting in a .534 winning percentage.
Throughout his time in Barrie he has contributed to the development of notable Colts graduates in Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), Tanner Pearson (Los Angeles Kings) and Kevin Labanc (San Jose Sharks).