Fans in mourning are paying tribute to the late Dale Hawerchuk, just 700 meters from where the player signed his 1981 Winnipeg Jets contract at Portage and Main.
Following Tuesday's news of Hawerchuk's death, the Winnipeg Jets removed Hawerchuk`s banner from inside Bell MTS Place, displaying it outside at True North Square where it remains today. Hawerchuck's banner hangs tall in the middle of the square with a large screen playing video footage of his games and photos behind it. Someone has left a bouquet of white flowers underneath the banner.
All morning, fans of Hawerchuk's have been visiting the site, saying they were moved to pay respect to the late hockey star.
Many people took photos of the late player's banner, taking a moment to reflect. Others arrived with friends, using the occasion to reminisce.
Fans at the tribute shared that not only did they enjoy Hawerchuk as a hockey player, but also as a member of the community.
Hawerchuk was 57 year old when he died of cancer. He played with the Winnipeg Jets from 1981 to 1990.
The Winnipeg Jets have not yet said how long the tribute will remain at True North Square.