Regina Pats Statement on the Passing of Del Wilson
The Regina Pats family is saddened to hear of the passing of legendary Regina Pats builder, and co-founder of the WHL Delbert (Del) Wilson. Del passed away this morning in Campbell River, BC.
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.
In 1970-71, Del Wilson headed a group which purchased the Regina Pats. In 1973-74, as President and General Manager of the highly respected organization, Wilson’s Pats won the Memorial Cup by defeating the Quebec Remparts 7 – 4 in the championship game in Calgary, the last time the Memorial Cup was held in Alberta.
Del sold his interest in the Regina Pats in 1980 ending a 25 year association with junior hockey in Regina but continued to serve as a scout in the Canadiens organization. He retired from the Canadiens in 1985 having served 47 years with Montreal in a scouting capacity.
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 our game this Saturday against the Victoria Royals.
President, Regina Pats