It was a special night in many ways for the Sharks, but for San Jose’s Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, it was one the biggest highlights in a career full of them. Not only did his Sharks win their eighth game in a row, tying a franchise record, but he took part in a Chicago ceremony for one of his hockey mentors.
Wilson was introduced on the ice as a special guest of his former club, and more specifically his former roommate, when the Blackhawks honored Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull in an extended pregame ceremony.
“Being part of this was important for me,” said Wilson. “He (Stan) was my first roommate and he asked me to be here. We had dinner as a group last night and it was wonderful with a lot of great stories.”
They did not wear the Chicago sweater very long at the same time during their careers as Wilson came in as Mikita neared retirement, but the time they had was very important.
“He is a huge influence in my life,” said Wilson.
Wilson enjoyed seeing his former club finally begin tying back to their proud history.
“That’s the way Stan and Bobby should be treated,” said Wilson. “It’s very important (to celebrate the history). They did everything in their power to make the team exciting.”
The Chicago fans packed the house and made the United Center sound like the old Chicago Stadium.
“When I played, we were fortunate to have a full and loud crowd in the old stadium,” said Wilson.
During Wilson’s career, he became very good friends with the late Keith Magnuson and Chicago had Magnusson’s son on the ice in a jersey for the ceremony.
“I’ve know him since he was little,” said Wilson. “Keith was my friend and losing him was tough. Every time I come to Chicago, I see Keith’s family.”
For as much as Wilson enjoys his current position and future years in San Jose, on Friday night, he was able to go home again.