After 19 seasons, San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson is calling it a career with the team. Wilson being the second-longest serving GM for one team in the league behind Nashville Predators’ David Poile, has brought the team two one Stanley Cup final in 2016 and 14 times to the playoffs.
“These past 19 years serving as general manager of the San Jose Sharks have been a privilege and one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable periods of my life,” said Doug Wilson in a statement.
Wilson had also been with the team for one full-season lockout and a half-season lockout. Despite the disappointing last few seasons, the Ottawa native had been one of the most successful GMs in the league in the history of the league.
Health will be the focus for Wilson. On Nov. 26, 2021, he took a leave of absence because of an undisclosed medical issue. Joe Will will take over the position while the Sharks look for a future General Manager to fill in the spot.
“While I have made great progress over the last several months, I feel it is in the best interest of the organization and myself to step down from my current duties and focus on my health and full recovery.” Said Wilson in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my career in the NHL in the future.”
Wilson has made a lot of franchise-defining drafts and trades. Forward Logan Couture was drafted in 2007 by him. He also made the famous, or infamous trade where the Boston Bruins traded him, Joe Thornton.
Despite some of his best actions being behind closed doors, Wilson was a player with a lot of connections to the team as a player. He served as the team’s first Captain in 1991 until his retirement in 1993.
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