Saturday, April 3, 2010

DEATH: WICKENHEISER - DOUGLAS


Doug was born March 30, 1961, in Regina, Saskatchewan. Was a great scorer in pee-wee, bantam, right up to when he played for the Regina Pats (1977-80.


He 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, Wickenheiser had a malignant cyst removed from his wrist - which he had first noticed four years earlier in 1990. Three years later, in October 1997, he was diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in his lung. Doug Wickenheiser was only 37 when he died from lung and brain cancer on January 12, 1999, in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

The Regina Pats honoured Doug on Saturday, March 3, 1999, at the Agridome on "Wick's Night". This picture shows his wife, Dianne (rear right), sister-in-law Donna Wickenheiser (rear left), and the Wickenheiser's four-year-old twin daughters Rachel and Daitlin.

 Photo: Regina Leader Post Newspaper)


Burial: Resurrection Cemetery, Afton, St. Louis County, Missouri, U.S.A


Photo: by Connie Nisinger