Doug Wilson (ice hockey)

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Doug Wilson
Doug Wilson 1977.JPG
Wilson in 1977
Born (1957-07-05) July 5, 1957 (age 57)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
San Jose Sharks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1977
Chicago Black Hawks
WHA Draft 5th overall, 1977
Indianapolis Racers
Playing career 1977–1993

Douglas Frederick Wilson (born July 5, 1957) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman and the current general manager of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

After a stellar junior hockey career for the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey Association, Wilson was drafted in the first round, 6th overall, in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft. He then played 14 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks and two years for the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League. He was the first captain in Sharks history, serving two years before retiring after the 1992–93 season.

Wilson played 14 seasons in Chicago and still ranks as the club's highest scoring defenceman in points (779 — fifth overall), goals (225 — 12th overall) and assists (554 — third overall). Wilson is fifth all-time in games played (938) for Chicago. He also led all Blackhawks defencemen in scoring for 10 consecutive seasons (1980–81 through 1990–91). In 1982, he was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy, as the League's top defenceman.[1] That year, he had 39 goals and 85 points, which is still the Blackhawks single-season records for goals and points for a defenceman.

He was selected to eight NHL All-Star Games (seven with Chicago and one with San Jose).[1] While with Chicago, Wilson was named as an NHL First Team All-Star in 1982 and twice was named as an NHL Second Team All-Star (1985 and 1990).

Acquired by San Jose from Chicago just before the Sharks first season (1991–92), Wilson brought instant credibility and respect to the young franchise. He played two seasons for the Sharks, scoring 48 points (12 goals, 36 assists) in 86 games.

Other career highlights include serving as the franchise's first team captain (1991–93), being the team's first representative in an All-Star Game (1991–92), playing in his NHL-milestone 1,000th game on Nov. 21, 1992 (77th player in League history) and twice named Sharks nominee (1992 and 1993) for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (for leadership and humanitarian contributions both on-and off-the-ice). At his 1,000th NHL game played ceremony, he announced the creation of the Doug Wilson Scholarship Foundation. This scholarship provides assistance to worthy college-bound Bay Area students, and continues today.

Wilson announced his retirement as a member of the Sharks during training camp in 1993–94 after playing in 1,024 career games. In addition, he played in 95 career playoff games and scored 80 points (19 goals, 61 assists). The Ottawa, Ontario native scored 827 points (237 goals, 590 assists) during his career that began in 1977-78 with Chicago.

Retirement and executive career[edit]

In 2004, Wilson was named to the Positive Coaching Alliance's National Advisory Board. PCA, established at Stanford University in 1998, tries to create a positive character-building experience by using sports to teach life lessons. The "win-at-all-costs" mentality is de-emphasized in PCA.

Wilson was inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in September 1999. He also serves on the NHL's board of directors for the alumni association.

In October 1998, the Ottawa 67s honored his stellar career by retiring his No. 7 sweater.[1] Known as an offensive defenceman, he recorded 295 points in 194 OHL games with the 67s from 1975–77. In addition, during the same weekend of activities in his hometown, he was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

On May 13, 2003, the San Jose Sharks hired Wilson as general manager, replacing Dean Lombardi.

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Murray Wilson, won four Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. His daughter Chelsea plays volleyball for the University of Southern California. His son Doug plays hockey in Australia for the Melbourne Ice. Doug and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Lacey, Doug, Charlie and Chelsea. Daughter Lacey was Miss Massachusetts in 2010 and Miss Illinois Teen USA in 2002.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 55 29 58 87 75
1975–76 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 58 26 62 88 142
1976–77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 43 25 54 79 85
1977–78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 77 14 20 34 72 4 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 56 5 21 26 37
1979–80 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 73 12 49 61 70 7 2 8 10 6
1980–81 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 12 39 51 80 3 0 3 3 2
1981–82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 39 46 85 54 15 3 10 13 32
1982–83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 18 51 69 58 13 4 11 15 12
1983–84 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 13 45 58 64 5 0 3 3 0
1984–85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 22 54 76 44 12 3 10 13 12
1985–86 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 79 17 47 64 80 3 1 1 2 2
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 16 32 48 36 4 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 8 24 32 28
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 15 47 62 69 4 1 2 3 0
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 23 50 73 40 20 3 12 15 18
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 51 11 29 40 32 5 2 1 3 2
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL 44 9 19 28 26
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 3 17 20 40
NHL totals 1024 237 590 827 830 95 19 61 80 86

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The ultimate A–Z guide of everyone who has ever played in the NHL. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. p. 912. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 
  2. ^ "Pageant Update - Lacey Wilson, Miss Massachusetts USA 2010". Pageantupdate.info. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Randy Carlyle
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1982
Succeeded by
Rod Langway
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Real Cloutier
Chicago Black Hawks first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Tim Higgins
Preceded by
Bobby Simpson
Indianapolis Racers first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Position created
San Jose Sharks captain
199193
Succeeded by
Bob Errey
Preceded by
Bryan Trottier
NHLPA President
November 9, 1992–September 13, 1993
Succeeded by
Mike Gartner
Preceded by
Dean Lombardi
General Manager of the San Jose Sharks
2003–present
Incumbent