SAN JOSE, CA – The San Jose Sports Authority announced today that Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson has been selected to the 2016 induction class of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.
Wilson will be honored at the annual San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet on Wed., Nov. 2 at SAP Center at San Jose, along with fellow inductees Mike Bruner (Swimming), Raymond Townsend (Basketball) and Aly Wagner (Soccer).
He becomes the fourth member of the Sharks organization to be recognized, following original owner George Gund III (2008), goaltender Arturs Irbe (2010) and forward Owen Nolan (2014).
Wilson has been a member of the San Jose community since the Sharks acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks for their inaugural season in 1991. He brought instant credibility and respect to the young franchise, playing two seasons with the Sharks and serving as the organization’s first captain.
Hired as the Sharks general manager in 2003, Wilson has guided the team to its most successful era since the franchise’s inception, capturing a Presidents’ Trophy (2009), five Pacific Division titles, advancing to the Western Conference Final on four occasions (2004, 2010, 2011, 2016) and appearing in the Stanley Cup Final (2016).
Over that span of 12 seasons, the Sharks rank second in the NHL in regular season points (1,204 points, 544-290-116 record), are second in wins among all NHL teams and only one other team, the Detroit Red Wings, has appeared in as many Stanley Cup Playoff rounds as San Jose (24).
Between 2003 and 2014, the Sharks made ten consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was the second-longest active playoff streak in the NHL (Detroit, 24 seasons) and the third-longest streak in North American professional sports (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB) at that time.
In 16 NHL seasons as an NHL player with the Blackhawks and Sharks, Wilson was selected to eight NHL All-Star Games (seven with Chicago and one with San Jose) and while with Chicago, Wilson was named as an NHL First Team All-Star in 1982 and twice was named as an NHL Second Team All-Star (1985 and 1990).
Additional highlights from Wilson’s Sharks career include being the team’s first representative in an All-Star Game (1991-92), playing in his NHL-milestone 1,000th game on Nov. 21, 1992 (77th player in League history) and twice being named (1992 and 1993) the Sharks nominee for the King Clancy Award, presented for leadership and humanitarian contributions both on-and-of the ice.
Wilson announced his retirement as a member of the Sharks during training camp in 1993-94.
He is also a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
Wilson and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Lacey, Doug, Chelsea and Charlie.
The November San Jose Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, which benefits Special Olympics Northern California and high school sports programs, kicks off with a reception followed by dinner and induction ceremony. Individual tickets begin at $300 each; sponsorship and table packages are available starting at $3,000. For information and to purchase event tickets call (408) 288-2936.
About the San Jose Sports Authority
The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the City of San Jose’s economic development, visibility, and civic pride through sports. Serving as the City's sports commission since its inception in 1991, the Sports Authority has provided leadership and support to attract and host hundreds of sporting events in San Jose and the South Bay. The Sports Authority also supports and operates community, youth and amateur sports programs, including the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and the REACH Youth Scholarship Program. To learn more, visit www.sjsa.org.