Little Canada’s contingent at North Dakota in 1951-52 with defenceman Ken Wilkie at far right.
Kenneth Grosvenor Wilkie
Born: October 3, 1929 (Neepawa, Manitoba)
Died: February 6, 2015 (Okotoks, Alberta)
Ken Wilkie earned was a letterman with the Fighting Sioux of the University of North Dakota for three seasons in the early 1950s.
The defenceman was part of a contingent of Canadian athletes at the school who were known informally as “Little Canada.” In the 1951-52 season, five Manitoba athletes skated for the Sioux — Wilkie and Roger Goodman on defence, Roy Huot and Wilf Shannon at forward, and Al Finkelstein in goal. Finkelstein, a journalism major, wrote stories for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Wilkie, who played intermediate hockey in Brandon, Man., got a scholarship to the university in Grand Forks, N.D. He graduated in 1953 with a geology degree.
Wilkie retired from Talisman Energy in 1990. He leaves Elsie, his wife of 61 years. He also leaves a son, three daughters, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, a sister, and a brother, Murray Wilkie, who had a long career in the minor pros with such teams as the Winnipeg Warriors, Calgary Stampeders and old Vancouver Canucks.