SAN JOSE, CA. Doug Wilson announced today that he is stepping down as executive director of the San Jose Sharks.
“The last 19 years as CEO of the San Jose Sharks have been a privilege and one of the most enjoyable and enjoyable periods of my life,” said Wilson. “I have been incredibly lucky to work for and with one of the most talented and passionate people in the hockey game.
“I want to thank Hasso Plattner, along with our previous owners, for the incredible opportunity and the trust they showed in me and our staff. I also want to thank all the coaches, players, scouts, coaches and members of the hockey team I have worked with in this many years for their loyalty and commitment to our organization.I would like to thank the great fans of the San Jose Sharks concession.Your interest and support for this team is unparalleled and I will cherish the shared memories we have built together over almost two decades.
“I could not have served this role for so long without the unconditional love and support of my family, especially my wife Kathy. The sacrifices they have made to allow me to pursue this opportunity have been selfless and I cannot thank them enough.
“Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has put their hand to the plow in my leave. Although I have made great progress in recent months, I believe it is in the best interests of the organization and myself to deviate from my current job and focus on my health. “I look forward to continuing my career in the NHL in the future.”
Wilson, who was named Secretary-General on May 13, 2003, strategically built the Sharks into one of the premier leagues of the National Hockey League with a strong draft, smart business and timely acquisition of free agents. Under his guidance, only the Pittsburgh Penguins (768) and Boston Bruins (762) have won more games in regular season than the Sharks (760) and only Boston (1,708) and Pittsburgh (1686) have scored more points than the Sharks (1,686).
The Sharks reached the Stanley Cup Finals 14 times under Wilson, including ten games in a row (2004-2014). Between 2003-04 and 2019-20, (excluding the closing season 2012-13), the Sharks averaged 45.6 wins per season and 100.7 points per year under his leadership.
In addition, only Pittsburgh has appeared in more Stanley Cup finals (31) than the Sharks (30) since 2003-04. Under Wilson’s guidance, the Sharks won the President’s Cup (2009), five Pacific League titles (2004, 2008-11), advanced five times to the Western Conference Finals (2004, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2019) and reached one. Stanley Cup Final (2016).
During his tenure, Wilson signed a series of giant bombings to bring some of the game’s top and most sought after players to the Sharks Institution, including Joe Thornton (2005), Dan Boyle (2008), Dany Heatley (2009), Brent Burns (2011) and Erik Karlsson (2018).
In the draft, Wilson and his staff selected an impressive list of future NHL champions, including Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski (2003), Devin Setoguchi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2005), Logan Couture, Nick Bonino and Justin Braun (2007), Charlie Coyle (2010), Tómas Hertl (2012), Timo Meier (2015) and Mario Ferraro (2017).
Due to the team’s consistent performance in regular seasons, since 2003, the Sharks have had the lowest average position among all NHL clubs (128.0), almost four places lower than the second lowest club. Despite this average position in the draft, which contains only the top five selected (Michalek / 6 .; Setoguchi / 8 .; Couture / 9 .; Meier / 9 .; Eklund / 7.) And no higher than sixth place overall, then selected in San Jose in seventh place of the games. played, sixth in goals, tenth in points and 13th in assists from all NHL teams.
During his 18+ tenure as the leader of the Sharks, Wilson topped the NHL all-time list of executives. On January 26, 2017, Wilson joined an elite club, becoming the only fourth person to play 1,000 NHL hockey games and serve as the NHL club’s general manager for at least 1,000 games. The only others who achieved this feat were the hockey hall of fame Bobby Clarke, Bob Gainey and Bob Pulford (then achieved by Bob Murray).
On October 8, 2019, he served his 1,200. a game as manager and five days later he surpassed Conn Smythe (682) in 19th place on the NHL’s all-time winning list. He won his 700th prize on January 4, 2020 and currently sits in 14th place on the list of all-time wins (760). Wilson ranks seventh on the NHL’s all-time list of most single-vote victories and is one of two active NHL executives to have served at least 1,300 games with his current NHL club (David Poile, 1,799 with Nashville). He was the second longest-serving NHL executive with their current team (after Poile) and the fourth longest-serving of all active NHL executives (after Poile, Lou Lamoriello and Ken Holland).
Wilson joined the Sharks Hockey Operations Division as Director of Business Development from 1997-98 and held that position until he was appointed Managing Director.
As a player, Wilson was bought by the Sharks just before the team’s inaugural season in 1991, which instantly brought the young franchise credibility and respect. He played two seasons for the Sharks, was the club’s first captain and scored 48 points (12 goals, 36 assists) in 86 games. He was the team’s first representative in the NHL All-Star Game (1991-92) and played his 1,000th. NHL’s turning point game on November 21, 1992, making him the 77th player in league history to achieve this feat. In addition, he was twice nominated for the King Clancy Award (1992 and 1993), awarded for leadership and humanitarian contributions on and off the ice.
Before coming to San Jose, Wilson established himself as one of the most powerful defenders to ever play for the Chicago Blackhawks. Among NHL all-time defenders, Wilson is in 12th place in goals (237), 15th in points (827) and 18th in assists (590). In addition, he holds the fourth highest record in a single season for a defender’s goal (39, 1981-82), is tied for ninth place defender for most points per game (0.81, min. 500 games), and 12th for most shots in the process (3,296).
In 1982, Wilson won the James Norris Cup as NHL’s top defender and was named the NHL’s first team player after scoring 85 points (39 goals, 46 assists) in 76 games, leading all defenders in goals. He finished in the Top 5 of the Norris Trophy when he was selected three times. Wilson was selected to the NHL All-Star Game eight times and was selected as the second NHL All-Star Game in 1985 and 1990.
Between 1979-1991, Wilson scored 719 points for a defender who was just behind other hockey players Paul Coffey and Ray Bourque.
Wilson began his illustrious career in hockey after being selected sixth overall by the Blackhawks in the 1977 NHL draft. The solid blue lineman appeared in 938 NHL games with Chicago in 1977-1991 and collected 779 points (225 goals, 554 assists) with a plus-121 rating.
On the Blackhawks list of all time, Wilson is in ninth place in games, seventh in points, fourth in assists and 15th in goals. Among Blackhawks defenders, he is in first place in goals, points, assists, points per game (0.83, minimum 300 games) and fourth in games.
He played in 1,024 NHL games in regular season with the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks,
Wilson also appeared in 95 Stanley Cup playoff games with Chicago, scoring 80 points (19 goals, 61 assists) with a plus-11 score and averaging 0.84 points per game. He is in first place in points per game, second in assists and points, as well as in the second goal difference and in seventh place in games played among defenders from competition after the season.
Wilson announced that he was retiring as an ice hockey player for the 1993-94 season.
Internationally, Wilson represented the Canadian team in the 1984 Canada Cup, winning gold medals and at the Rendezvous ’87 against the Soviet Union.
Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the 2020 class on November 15, 2021. He is also a member of three regional sports halls of fame; Ottawa (entered October 1998), Chicago (entered September 1999) and San Jose (entered November 2016). The Ottawa 67s also honored his great career by quitting with jersey no. 7.