Honoured Members

Wilkinson, Neil

Date of Birth: 1967-08-15

Selkirk-born defenseman Neil Wilkinson played junior with his hometown Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL. In 1986 he was drafted 30th overall by the Minnesota North Stars. He spent the 1986-87 season in US college hockey with Michigan State Spartans. The next year he returned to junior with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. In the NHL, he was in the line-up for 460 contests and appeared in a Stanley Cup final with Minnesota in 1990-91. A defensive rearguard, Wilkinson scored 16 goals and 83 points in the NHL. He also played for San Jose and Chicago before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets. He played 61 games over two seasons before Jets sent him to Pittsburgh partway through the 1995-96 season. He was with the Penguins until 1998-99. After 10 NHL seasons, serious problems with his abdomen and groin forced him into retirement.