Thursday, November 5, 2015


REGINA PATS - OBITUARY

DEL WILSON - PASSES AWAY







The Regina Pats and the Western Hockey League are mourning the loss of legendary Pats builder and a co-founder of the league as Del Wilson passed away Thursday morning in Campbell River, BC at the age of 88.

Del was a scout in Western Canada for the Montreal Canadiens when he was appointed General Manager of the Regina Pats in 1955.  He spent 15 seasons as the Pats General Manager until joining the Canadiens as a full time scout for the 1969-70 season.  He was also instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League in the mid to late 60’s, the organization that has evolved into the current Western Hockey League.

Wilson was the general manager for the Pats when they won the Memorial Cup in 1974 and he was in attendance this year in Moose Jaw when the Warriors entertained the Pats in the first game of the season to mark the league's 50th anniversary.

Del has left an indelible mark on the Regina Pats and the WHL that is still felt today.  The Regina Pats will honour Del with a moment of silence during a home game this Saturday against the Victoria Royals.