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Ron Wilson Approaches NHL Milestone

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks Head Coach Set To Become 13th Head Coach In League History To Reach 1,000 Games
 
San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson will coach his 999th NHL game tonight at HP Pavilion against the Columbus Blue Jackets . On Sunday, March 18 at Colorado, Wilson is set to become just the 13th head coach in NHL history to reach the 1,000 game plateau.
 
This season, Wilson has led the Sharks to their third consecutive 40+ win season, along with a franchise-best and NHL-leading 23 road wins in 37 games.
 
Entering play on Thursday, only three NHL teams had more wins than San Jose’s 42 (Nashville [46], Detroit [45] and Buffalo [44], and only two teams had allowed fewer goals than San Jose’s 172 (Dallas [166] and New Jersey [170]). The Sharks power play currently sits first in the NHL at 22.3 %.
 
Hired by San Jose on Dec. 4, 2002, Wilson has posted a 149-110-33 record in 292 NHL games with the Sharks and his .586 point percentage is the highest in franchise history. In 998 NHL games with Anaheim, Washington and San Jose, he has a 461-422-115 record and has coached the third-most games among active NHL coaches (Bryan Murray, 1210 and Jacques Martin, 1005).
 
In his first full two seasons behind the Sharks bench, Wilson led the team to its first appearance in the Western Conference Finals against the Calgary Flames in 2003-04 and advanced to the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Edmonton Oilers last season. In each instance, the team succumbed to the eventual Western Conference champion.
 
In 2003-04, Wilson was named runner-up for the Jack Adams Trophy and was named “Best Coach” by The Hockey News.
 
Under his guidance, several players have blossomed to earn major NHL awards, including Joe Thornton (2006 Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy), Jonathan Cheechoo (2006 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy), Olaf Kolzig (2000 Vezina Trophy with Washington), Paul Kariya (1996 and 1997 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy with Anaheim). Runners up for major NHL awards included:  Teemu Selanne (1997 Art Ross Trophy, 1997 and 1998 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy) and Paul Kariya (1997 Hart Memorial Trophy).
 
Internationally, Wilson has been selected by the United States to lead the Olympic Hockey team in 1998, the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 (gold medal) and 2004 and the World Championships in 1994 and 1996.
 
Wilson will be honored for coaching 1,000 NHL games in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Sharks/Los Angeles Kings game on March 27 at HP Pavilion.
 
NHL COACHES WHO HAVE REACHED 1,000 GAMES (as of March 16, 2007)


1

Scotty Bowman

STL, MTL, BUF, PIT, DET

2141

2

Al Arbour

STL, NYI

1606

3

Dick Irvin

CHI, TOR, MTL

1449

4

Pat Quinn

PHI, LA, VAN, TOR

1318

5

Mike Keenan

PHI, CHI, NYR, STL, VAN, BOS, FLA

1222

6

Bryan Murray

WSH, DET, FLA, ANA, OTT

1210

7

Billy Reay

TOR, CHI

1102

8

Brian Sutter

STL, BOS, CGY, CHI

1028

9

Pat Burns

MTL, TOR, BOS, NJ

1019

10

Jacques Demers

QUE, STL, DET, MTL, TBAY

1007

11

Jacques Martin

STL, OTT, FLA

1005

12

Roger Neilson

TOR, BUF, VAN, LA, NYR, FLA, PHI, OTT

1000

13

Ron Wilson

ANA, WSH, SJ

998


(Active coaches are listed in BOLD.)
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