|Before joining the Islanders, Wilson spent eight years with the WHL Prince Albert Raiders, six as an assistant and the final two seasons as head coach and general manager (1986-87 and 1987-88). A native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Wilson helped the Raiders to the Memorial Cup Championship in 1984-85.
Wilson began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of North Dakota, where the Sioux won the 1980 NCAA Division I title and two WCHA crowns during his two years. He played hockey and football at North Dakota and earned a degree in education.
Drafted by Montreal in the 1970 amateur draft, Wilson spent four seasons (1973-77) in the NHL as a defenseman for Montreal, St. Louis and Detroit.
Wilson and his wife, Carol, are the parents of four children: Landon, Brooke, Barrett and Brittany.