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Wilson gets vote of confidence as Sharks general manager

Second-longest tenured in NHL receives support from San Jose majority owner

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Doug Wilson was given a vote of confidence as San Jose Sharks general manager by majority owner Hasso Plattner on Thursday.

The Sharks (21-25-4) are sixth in the Pacific Division. Coach Peter DeBoer was fired and replaced by assistant Bob Boughner on Dec. 11.

Wilson, hired by San Jose on May 13, 2003, is the second-longest tenured GM in the NHL behind David Poile of the Nashville Predators (July 9, 1997). He will continue to oversee the hockey operations department and report directly to Plattner.

"While we are all very disappointed in the team's performance thus far this season, Doug has a long history of leading our team to success," Plattner said. "The last time we failed to meet our winning standards in the 2014-15 season, we were able to quickly rebound and re-establish a winning culture for the next several years. I am supportive of Doug's plan to get our team back on track."

The Sharks named Jonathan Becher sole president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment on Thursday; he will also be an alternate governor. John Tortora, who has been co-president with Becher since 2017, will be leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities but will remain in an advisory position until June 30.

Wilson will report directly to Plattner.

The Sharks advanced to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games and have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in every season since. They lost the 2019 Western Conference Final to the St. Louis Blues in six games.

San Jose has lost three straight games and is 6-9-2 after firing DeBoer, who replaced Gerard Gallant as coach of the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 15. They return from the 2020 NHL All-Star break to host the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, PRIME, NHL.TV).


 

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