He was there in the beginning, and he’s been at the helm for a long time. And now Teal Town will honor one of the longest tenured members of their beloved hockey franchise. Doug Wilson will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place sometime next year.
Wilson was the first San Jose Sharks team captain from 1991-93. In that time he was also the team’s very first All-Star Game participant in 1992. He scored 12 goals, 36 assists for 48 points in 86 games for Team Teal. Unfortunately, injuries caught up with Wilson in his time in San Jose and eventually retired during training camp prior to the 1993-94 season.
He was a integral part of the National Hockey League Players Association from 1994-1997 before returning to the Sharks in 1997. Wilson would be Director of Pro Development for six years before being tabbed as General Manager in May of 2003. Since then, the San Jose Sharks turned into a powerhouse. The team has missed the playoffs only once in his tenure, five division titles, a President’s Trophy, four trips to the Western Conference Final, and the team’s first ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final last season.
Over that span of 12 seasons, the Sharks rank 2nd in the NHL in regular season points (1,204 points, 544-290-116 record), are 2nd in wins among all NHL teams and only one other team, the Detroit Red Wings, has appeared in as many Stanley Cup Playoff rounds as San Jose (24).
Between 2003 and 2014, the Sharks made ten consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was the second-longest active playoff streak in the NHL (Detroit, 24 seasons) and the third-longest streak in North American professional sports (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB) at that time.
Wilson, a 1982 Norris Trophy winner as best defenseman in the NHL, spent 16 NHL seasons as an NHL player with the Blackhawks and Sharks, Wilson was selected to eight NHL All-Star Games (seven with Chicago and one with San Jose).
This will be DW’s third local sports hall of fame enshrinement. He is also a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. His #7 was also retired by the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s.
He joins former Sharks majority owner George Gund III, goaltender Arturs Irbe, and forward Owen Nolan as Sharks in the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.