Del Wilson, co-founder of the WHL, Died at 88


Del Wilson was born in Craik, and died November 5, 2015.

He was a Canadian ice hockey executive for Regina Pats, and he was the co-founder of the WHL.

Del Wilson, CEO and Chairman of Grease Monkey, Del was honoured for his many years of service to both the Regina Pats and the Western Hockey League.

The WHL Goaltender of the Year is recognized annually with the his Trophy in honour of Del’s extensive contributions to the WHL at both the Club and League levels.

In the year 2005, Del was among the first ever recipients of the WHL Governors Award for outstanding contributions in the growth and development of the Western Hockey League.

In 2010, Del was enshrined into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

He was recently a part of the WHL’s 50th Season-opening festivities in Moose Jaw where he was honoured with the very first edition of the League’s commemorative book.

Del was an owner, Governor and General Manager of the Pats and spent six years as Chairman of the Board, as well as the WHL’s Referee-in-Chief.

Del, along with Piggott, which led the WHL into a partnership with Ontario and Quebec, and today there are 59 Major Junior teams in the three Leagues.

Del Wilson passed away at age 88 in November 2015.