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Wilson Sets Franchise Coaching Wins Mark

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

ST. LOUIS – Tonight with the Sharks 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center, Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson won his 193rd game behind the San Jose bench, eclipsing the franchise mark of 192 wins previously set by Darryl Sutter.

Hired by San Jose on Dec. 4, 2002, Wilson has posted a 193-132-43 record in 368 NHL games with the Sharks and his .583 points percentage is tops in franchise history.

The past two seasons have been full of milestones for Coach Wilson.

On March 18, 2007 at Colorado, Wilson became just the 13th head coach in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game plateau.

On Feb. 9, 2008 vs. Nashville, he became just the 11th coach in National Hockey League history to reach the 500-win plateau. Currently, Wilson sits in sole possession of ninth place on the NHL’s all-time coaches’ wins list with 505 wins.

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

In 1,074 NHL games with Anaheim, Washington and San Jose, he has a 505-444-125 record.

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 Semifinals 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.

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