Remembering Darren Partch
Tragedy struck on April 21st when WSHL alumni, Darren Partch, was found deceased in his apartment in Newport Beach, Calif.
Partch, 38, was found dead at the scene along with Wendi Miller, 48, whose relationship to Partch is unclear. Authorities have pinned this as an ongoing double-homicide case and specifics are being withheld at the moment.
The Western States Hockey League would like to extend its deepest condolences to the families and friends of Darren Partch and Ms. Miller.
Partch played in the Western States Hockey League for the Ventura Mariners during the 1998-1999 season where he registered 63 goals and 69 assists according to his Elite Prospects profile. Partch and the Mariners won the Thorne Cup that season setting him up for quite the move.
Partch was probably one of the first WSHLers to move up the ranks and play in the USHL. He suited up for the Waterloo Blackhawks in 16 games (11G-2A-13P), Dubuque Fighting Saints for eight games (1G-2A-3P), and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders for 44 games (23G-22A-45P).
The Augora Hills, Calif., native graduated from the junior ranks and went to play NCAA D-III hockey for the SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals, in New York. It was playing for the Cardinals that his 11G-27A-38P in two seasons got him noticed by the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL. Partch had a few stints with different teams in the ECHL including the Las Vegas Wranglers and his most recent team, San Diego Gulls.
The WSHL community mourns this loss and wishes nothing but sincere empathy to the families of Partch and Miller in this time of tragedy.