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Wilson Relieved of Head Coaching Duties

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has relieved Head Coach Ron Wilson of his coaching duties. The Sharks general manager also announced that team will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.


“Ron helped foster a new era in San Jose Sharks hockey with some record-setting regular season performances,” said Doug Wilson. “However, ultimately we have decided that it is time for a different voice and a different approach to lead this team. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished as an organization but we feel that this team is capable of achieving greater success. I want to thank Ron for his level of commitment and desire to make our organization successful. Our entire organization wishes him well.”

The 2007-08 Pacific Division-champion Sharks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a four-games-to-two series loss to the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Wilson, named the sixth head coach in franchise history on Dec. 4, 2002, leaves the Sharks as the team’s all-time coaching leader in wins and winning percentage. In four-plus seasons, the Windsor, Ontario native posted a 206-134-45 regular season record and a .535 winning percentage in 385 games with the Sharks. During his tenure, the team won two Pacific Division Championships (2004, 2008).

Wilson also leaves as the franchise leader in post-season games, posting a 28-24 mark in 52 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He led the team to a berth in the Western Conference Finals in 2004 and to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Wilson reached several milestones while serving behind the Sharks bench, including his 1000th game as an NHL coach on March 18, 2007 at Colorado, his 500th NHL win on Feb. 9, 2008 vs. Nashville. He notched his 200th win as Sharks coach on March 18, 2008 at Los Angeles and surpassed Darryl Sutter for the franchise all-time wins list on March 1 at St. Louis.

SAN JOSE SHARKS ALL-TIME HEAD COACHING RECORDS

COACH GAMES W L O/T W% PTS%
Ron Wilson 385 206 134 45 0.535 0.594
Cap Raeder 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.000
Darryl Sutter 434 192 182 60 0.442 0.512
Al Sims 82 27 47 8 0.329 0.378
Jim Wiley 57 17 37 3 0.298 0.324
Kevin Constantine 157 55 78 24 0.350 0.427
George Kingston 164 28 129 7 0.171 0.192
TOTALS 1280 526 607 147 0.414 0.468

RON WILSON’S ALL-TIME COACHING RECORD


GAMES W L O/T W% PTS%
1091 518 446 127 0.478 0.533
 
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