After 19 seasons as general manager of the San Jose Sharks, Doug Wilson announced he was stepping down permanently on Thursday.
The former star defender of the National Hockey League (NHL) had already left the team in November for medical reasons, without however specifying the nature of these.
“While I have made a lot of progress over the past few months, I feel it is in the interests of the organization and my own that I step down to focus fully on my health and rehabilitation. I would like to continue my NHL career in the future,” he said in a statement.
Wilson was named GM in May 2003 and the California club passed an important milestone in its young history by becoming one of the most consistent teams on the Bettman Tour. The Sharks have made the playoffs 14 times with the 64-year-old at the helm and reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016.
« The past 19 years serving as general manager of the San Jose Sharks have been a privilege and among the most fulfilling and enjoyable times of my life, » added Wilson. I have been so fortunate to work for and with many of the most talented and exciting people in hockey.”
Good draft picks
Under his supervision, the Sharks drafted big players from the franchise, including Joe Pavelski, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier. Through trades, Wilson also added Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson to his lineup over the years.
As a player, Wilson had 827 points in 1,024 games over 15 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose. Recipient of the Norris Trophy for the 1981-1982 season, he was part of the last vintage to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Heading into Thursday night’s games, the Sharks were second-last in the Pacific Division and had lost their last four games. They will not be playoffs for a third straight campaign.