Where Are They Now? Former Dog Joel Wigle Transitions from Patrolling the Ice to Patrolling the Streets
Joel Wigle played three seasons for the Niagara IceDogs accumulating 17 goals and 38 points in 140 games. He played in 19 games during the IceDogs 2011-2012 playoff run, as the team claimed the title of Eastern Conference Champions. Joel currently attends Georgian College as he prepares to become a police officer.
Position: Right Wing
Birthdate: February 14, 1994
Birthplace: Brantford, ON
Weight: 205 lbs
Throughout this summer we will be producing a weekly story featuring a former IceDog player and looking at what they have accomplished since graduating from the team.
This week’s story is on former Niagara IceDogs Winger Joel Wigle.
What are you up to these days?
I’m working a summer job farming and landscaping in my hometown (St. George, ON). I’m also training to be a policeman. I’m going to school at Georgian College in a specialized police training program. I want to be a police officer, but I am also coaching minor hockey Bantam AAA and working as a skills consultant with the North Central Predators organization in Rama. My main goal is to keep doing the hockey stuff as well as policing. I’m also looking into starting my own coaching business. I love doing skills coaching and learning a lot and passing it on to other kids. Being a policeman is something that I have always thought about doing and that’s why I left Ryerson for the specialized program at Georgian College.
What was your favourite part of playing for the IceDogs?
I loved the city of St. Catharines. It was a great place to play, playing in the old Jack Gatecliff Arena, it had a real hockey atmosphere about it. I played during the 2011-2012 playoff run which was very exciting. Getting to experience having the city behind us and having their full support was pretty special.
How has being an IceDog influenced your life?
Being an IceDog taught me how to be a leader. I was only 16 when I played junior hockey, so the organization and people definitely helped me get off on the right foot and learn to be disciplined and how to handle yourself professionally. I also acquired leadership and communication skills from my experience as an IceDog that I carry over into policing.
How have you enjoyed pursuing your education after graduating from junior hockey?
Ryerson was a great school. We had a great hockey team with a lot of former major junior players which helped us find success. Schooling wise, I think that Georgian College is a better fit for me because of my interest in being a police officer. Education is such a great thing that the OHL provides its players with. I feel fortunate that it has benefitted me so much in pursuing my career.
Funniest hockey teammate you played with? Why?
Mitchell Theoret. Myles Doan is another funny guy. They are just real characters and fun to be around. It’s important when you are playing hockey to have guys like that on your team who add some lightness to whatever you’re doing especially those long road trips.
What is your funniest road memory with your IceDogs teammates?
There are a few funny stories for sure. I remember when I was 16 we were playing in Erie and we were on the road trip. I was healthy scratched that night, so I didn’t pack my bags on the bus. Steven Shipley got sick on the bus, he caught a flu bug and then GM at the time, Marty Williamson said I was in. I didn’t have any of my equipment with me. So we played with only 11 forwards that night! It wasn’t funny for us at the time, but looking back now I laugh at the memory.
What is your favourite sport outside of hockey? Why?
I’ve been playing more golf lately. A bunch of my old hockey pals like to do it in the summer. We definitely try to get out a couple times in the warm summer months to practice our swings.
Anything else you want to share?
I had a lot of experience this year working different jobs. I worked as a Marketing and Events Manager with Infinite. We launched our Infinite Ski Tour 2017 where we went across Ontario and did marketing events for the car brand. I was able to use the leadership and delegation skills that I learned with the IceDogs and applied that to being a marketing manager and using strong communication skills. I’m excited for what the future holds and looking forward to pursuing skills coaching and policing.
Go Dogs Go!