Wilcox’s Regina Hockey Connections Run Deep
Brian Swane, Special to Canada West
It had been a long time since Darren Wilcox patrolled the crease
for the University of Regina Cougars, longer since he’d strapped
on the pads with the Regina Pats.
But the veteran inspector sure hadn’t forgotten those days, and
apparently neither had the driver that he just ticketed.
“He wasn’t very happy and then when he looked at the ticket and
saw my name, he goes, ‘Are you the hockey player? did you play
for the Pats? You’re the goalie, aren’t you?
“I go, ‘Yeah’, he says, ‘I thought that was you.’
“I kind of chuckled and said, ‘I’m sorry I had to give you the ticket,
that’s the way it is.’ But he remembered me from my name being
on his ticket,” says Wilcox, remembering just one such occurrence
from nearly three decades with the Regina Police Service.
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Hockey never stopped being part of the goaltender-turnedcop,
who not long after graduating from the U of R in 1985 was
part of a group of former players that came together for what
would eventually evolve into the Regina Cougar Hockey Alumni
Association, of which Wilcox is a past president.
“It de nitely went farther than we thought it would go, but now
we still think that we’ve got a lot farther to go and we’re always
looking at ways of raising funds for our program and helping our
team out … because it really helped us a lot, to this day,” says
“I got my degree in education but the ties I’ve made and the
progress I’ve made with my hockey friends and in the hockey
community have almost paralleled with my degree, helping me
with any endeavours I have in my personal life.”
From modest beginnings with a fundraiser golf tournament, to
incorporating as a non-pro t about a decade ago, the Regina