Coach Wilson's Playing Statistics
Ron Wilson was introduced as the 27th head coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history on June 10, 2008. Wilson had previously been the head coach for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-1997), Washington Capitals (1997-2002), and San Jose Sharks (2002-2008).
During Wilson's tenure, the Sharks were the only NHL team to win at least one playoff round in each of his final four years in San Jose. Wilson led the Sharks to the Western Conference Final for the first time in their history in 2004, and led them to the Conference Semifinals in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His Sharks teams won two Pacific Division championships (2004 and 2008); twice finished second in their division, and twice posted the second-best point total in the Western Conference. From 2003-2008, no team appeared in more Stanley Cup playoff rounds (nine) other than the Detroit Red Wings (10). San Jose had the third-most NHL playoff series victories (five) behind Detroit (seven) and Anaheim (six) during that time.
With a record of 206-134-45 (W-L-O/T) Wilson surpassed Darryl Sutter as the Sharks’ all-time wins leader on March 1, 2008. He is also the team’s leader in post-season games coached with a 28-24 mark in 52 playoff games.
With the Washington Capitals, Wilson compiled a record of 192-167-51. His tenure in the United States' capital was highlighted by the team’s only trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.
Prior to spending five seasons with the Capitals, Wilson had served as the first head coach of the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1993, and he led the team to the post-season for the very first time in the 1996-97 season.
In 12 full NHL seasons (minimum 82 games in a season) as head coach, Wilson’s teams have reached the post-season eight times, won four division titles, won one conference title, reached at least 90 points seven times, reached at least 100 points four times, reached at least 40 wins seven times and reached 50 wins once (51 in 2006-07, which is a Sharks record).
Throughout his professional and amateur career, Wilson has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with USA Hockey. He led Team USA to the gold medal in 1996 at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey and he coached the team again at the 2004 tournament. Wilson also coached
the U.S. National Team at the 1994 and 1996 World Championships where his teams finished fourth and third respectively. Wilson also served as head coach for Team USA at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.
Wilson, 53, was a seventh-round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs (132nd overall) in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft. He made his NHL debut by playing in 13 games for Toronto in 1977-78, followed by 46 games in 1978-79 and five games in 1979-80. He recorded seven goals and 15 assists to go along with six penalty minutes in 64 total games with the blue and white. He recorded a goal and three assists in six career Maple Leafs playoff games. In 117 career NHL games as a player with Toronto and Minnesota, Wilson recorded 26 goals and 67 assists for 93 points.
Wilson is one of 15 individuals that have both played for the Maple Leafs and then went on to coach at least one game for the Original Six franchise.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Ron is the son of Larry Wilson and the nephew of Johnny Wilson, both former players on Stanley Cup winning teams from Detroit.