Charles Patrick Wilson
Born: September 26, 1917 (Ottawa)
Died: September 17, 2014 (Toronto)
As playing coach of the Stratford (Ont.) Indians, defenceman Pat Wilson led his team to the Eastern Canadian championship in 1952. The Indians went on to lose the best-of-seven Allan Cup senior championship in six games to the hometown Fort Frances (Ont.) Canadians.
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound defenceman played junior hockey with the British Consuls team in Toronto in 1936-37. He also skated for the Toronto Pontiac Chiefs, Toronto Post Office and Toronto West End Industries in local leagues.
After two seasons of amateur hockey with the Atlantic City Seagulls and Baltimore Orioles, Wilson returned to his home province to play senior-A hockey with the London Mohawks and London Streamliners.
Wilson turned professional with the Fort Worth (Tex.) Rangers of the American Hockey Association in 1941-42. He had one assist in 30 games in what would be the minor pro circuit’s final season.
Wilson enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, interrupting his hockey career for three seasons. He gained the rank of flying officer while serving with the No. 408 Squadron, flying on more than 30 sorties.
After completing his war service, Wilson returned to the Eastern Amateur Hockey League, taking a spot on the blue-line with the Baltimore Clippers for the 1945-46 season. He spent the following campaign with the Fresno Falcons of the Pacific Coast Hockey League, before playing three seasons in the minor pro American Hockey League with the Washington Lions and St. Louis Flyers.
In 1950-51, he played major senior hockey for the Toronto St. Michael’s Monarchs, helping the club get to the inaugural Alexander Cup finals. The Cup had been donated by Governor GeneralViscount Alexander. Wilson’s team lost the final to the Valleyfield (Que.) Braves. Wilson scored a goal and added eight assists in 10 cup playoff games.
Wilson concluded his hockey career with two seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League. He scored 14 goals with 29 assists in 56 games over two seasons with the Komets.
Away from the rink, he worked in the insurance industry.