Wednesday, March 31, 2010

REGINA PATS - DOUG WICKENHEISER


Doug was chosen first over all by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980 NHL draft. Three years later he was traded to the St. Louis Blues who's General manager was Ron Caron. Caron was the one who happened to draft him three years earlier.

A serious knee injury, resulting from a car accident during a St. Louis Blues outing, had him miss about a year of playing hockey. In August 1994 he developed a cyst in his wrist and, after surgery, discovered a rare form of cancer that returned three years later in his lung.

In the 1987-88 season Doug was claimed by Vancouver Canucks. He had brief stints with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals ending his 10 years NHL career. He produced 111 goals, 165 assists and 276 points in 556 games; 11 points in 41 play-off games. Doug also played with the Canadian National Team in 1988-89. Doug cam back to St. Louis where he and his wife, Dianna, opened a nursery and frozen custard business in St. Peters.

Doug played for the Regina Pats from 1977-78 to 1979-90 season and was the older brother of Kirt Wickenheiser who played 1981-82 to 1883-84. Their cousin, Hayley Wickenheiser,
was known for playing with the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team and also played for the Women's Softball Team in the 2000 Summer Games.

A Leisure Centre/Rick on Rochdale Blvd., in North-West Regina, was named in his honour.
The Regina Pats honoured one of the WHL team's all-time greats, Doug Wickenheiser, On Saturday, March 13, 1999, at the Agridom on “Wick's Night”. This picture shows his wife, Dianne (rear right), sister-in-law Donna Wickenheiser (rear left), and the Wickenheisers' four-year-old twin daughters Rachel and Daitlin. Doug died January 12, 1999, after a long battle with
cancer.