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Wilson One Win Shy of Franchise Record

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson is one victory away from moving into a first place tie on the club’s all-time win list. Wilson’s next coaching win will push him into a first place tie with Darryl Sutter with 192 and be just another accomplishment in a storied year for the Sharks bench boss.

Just a few weeks ago, Wilson became just the 11th coach in National Hockey League history to reach the 500-win plateau and he now ranks ninth all-time in NHL career coaching victories with 503. On March 18, 2007 at Colorado, Wilson became just the 13th head coach in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game coached plateau.

Named as an assistant coach for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Wilson is third among active NHL coaches in games coached and wins, behind only Mike Kennan and Jacques Martin.

Hired by San Jose on Dec. 4, 2002, Wilson has posted a 191-120-55 record in 366 NHL games with the Sharks and his 0.597 points percentage is the highest in franchise history.

In his first full three 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 in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

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 (silver medal) and the World Championships in 1994 and 1996 (bronze medal).

He led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.

Darryl Sutter 192
Ron Wilson 191
Kevin Constantine 55
George Kingston 28
Al Sims 27
Jim Wiley 17
Cap Raeder 1
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