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A Weekend Doug Wilson Will Never Forget

The Sharks General Manager was Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 15, 2021

by Missy Zielinski / sjsharks.com

The weekend Doug Wilson had been waiting for finally happened!

And oh was it busy.

After a two-year wait due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for his playing career that spanned 16 seasons with both the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: The 2020 @HockeyHallFame Weekend is *FINALLY* here!We will be celebrating #SJSharks general manager Doug Wilson all weekend long for his incredible 16-year career as a defenseman with Chicago and San Jose. Wilson will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday. pic.twitter.com/wVWLqit8JA

Surrounded by his family and friends, as well as fellow inductees Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, and Kim St-Pierre, and Ken Holland in the builder category, Wilson participated in a number of activities to commemorate the achievement.

First things first was the ring ceremony, which kicked off the weekend.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Hockey Hall of Fame has a nice ring to it 😏#HHOF2020 pic.twitter.com/GyPrzzba3x

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: HOF ������💍 ������Congrats to Marian Hossa and Doug Wilson! pic.twitter.com/fr0HRSWWOl

After the ring ceremony, it was the media's first chance to chat with the soon-to-be Hall of Famers, and each reflected on the occasion that was ahead.

Tweet from @NHL: The #HHOF2020 class of Ken Holland, Marian Hossa, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Lowe, Kim St. Pierre and Doug Wilson share their thoughts ahead of the induction ceremony on Monday! 💍 pic.twitter.com/khZBZYZB63

Later that evening, each inductee was recognized pregame ahead of the Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game.

The Legend's Classic took place the next day and Wilson received his Honored Member blazer from the Hall ahead of the game.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: One step closer to making it official!Today, Doug Wilson was presented with his Honored Member blazer ahead of the @HockeyHallFame Legends Classic 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/H64mIjr7N0

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: The inductees, those blazers 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Rc3tFn0kbC

He even stuck around as the bench boss for Team Canada who played against Team World in the Classic.

Next up, the induction ceremony.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: #SJSharks General Manager, Doug Wilson's speech following his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight 👏 pic.twitter.com/IvF2zMdrwU

It was finally official.

Tweet from @HockeyHallFame: Officially official��� finally ������#HHOF2020 pic.twitter.com/IchTAHEDjm

Wilson is now just one of sixth Sharks player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Igor Larionov (2008), Ed Belfour (2011), Rob Blake (2014), Sergei Makarov (2016) and Teemu Selanne (2017).

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Congrats and enjoy this moment, Doug 👏 pic.twitter.com/51xvvRqRSn

Wilson will be recognized for this achievement once more at SAP Center in San Jose prior to the Sharks April 23 game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

We have to think that though it took nearly two years to celebrate the momentous occasion, it was certainly worth the wait.

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