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Wilson Wins 500th

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson has become just the 11th coach in National Hockey League history to reach the 500 win plateau as the Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators tonight by a score of 4-3 at HP Pavilion at San Jose.


Wilson now sits tied for 10th place with the legendary Montreal Canadiens coach and NHL Hall-of-Famer Toe Blake on the NHL’s all-time coaches’ wins list.

"It's a tremendous accomplishment," said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. "To join the company he is in speaks for itself."

The Sharks bench boss has special plans to celebrate as the team has the day off on Sunday.

"Before the game, I sadi if we win, I'll fly down and celebrate with my granddaughter at Disneyland," said Ron Wilson. "I never thought I would get 500 wins or coach 1,000 games."

San Jose's coach laughed about number 500 being a close battle.

"Out of 500, I've probably had to sweat out 400," said Wilson. "I can't give enough credit to my assistants. Tim Hunter has been with me 10 years and he and Rob Zettler are invaluable. They don't get any of the blame, but they get any of the credit."

On March 18, 2007 at Colorado, Wilson became just the 13th head coach in NHL history to reach the 1,000-game 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 (1278 games, 612 wins) and Jacques Martin (1073 games, 505 wins) with 1064 games and 500 wins.

Hired by San Jose on Dec. 4, 2002, Wilson has posted a 188-128-41 record in 357 NHL games with the Sharks and his .601 points percentage is the highest in franchise history. He is just four wins shy of tying Darryl Sutter for the most San Jose Sharks all-time coaching wins.

In 1064 NHL games with Anaheim, Washington and San Jose, he has a 500-440-124 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 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 Stanely Cup Finals in 1998.
 
RON WILSON ON THE NHL'S ALL TIME COACHING WINS LIST
 
COACH
TEAMS
GAMES
W
L
T/OT
1

Scotty Bowman

STL, MTL, BUF, PIT, DET

2141
1244
583
314
2
Al Arbour
STL, NYI
1607
782
577
248
3
Dick Irvin

CHI, TOR, MTL

1449
692
527
230
4
Pat Quinn

PHI, LA, VAN, TOR

1318
657
499
162
5

Bryan Murray

WSH, DET, FLA, ANA, OTT

1221
613
459
149
6

Mike Keenan

PHI, CHI, NYR, STL, VAN, BOS, FLA, CGY

1278
612
511
155
7
Billy Reay
TOR, CHI
1102
542
385
175
8

Jacques Martin

STL, OTT, FLA
1073
505
417
151
9
Pat Burns
MTL, TOR, BOS, NJ
1019
501
367
151
10
Toe Blake
MTL
914
500
255
159
 
Ron Wilson

ANA, WSH, SJ

1064
500
440
124
12

Glen Sather

EDM, NYR
932
497
314
121
 
RON WILSON ON THE NHL'S ALL TIME GAMES COACHED LIST
 
COACH
TEAMS
GAMES
1

Scotty Bowman

STL, MTL, BUF, PIT, DET

2141
2
Al Arbour
STL, NYI
1607
3
Dick Irvin

CHI, TOR, MTL

1449
4
Pat Quinn

PHI, LA, VAN, TOR

1318
5

Mike Keenan

PHI, CHI, NYR, STL, VAN, BOS, FLA, CGY

1278
6

Bryan Murray

WSH, DET, FLA, ANA, OTT

1221
7
Billy Reay
TOR, CHI
1102
8

Jacques Martin

STL, OTT, FLA
1073
9
Ron Wilson

ANA, WSH, SJ

1064
10

Brian Sutter

STL, BOS, CGY, CHI

1028
11
Pat Burns
MTL, TOR, BOS, NJ
1019
12

Jacques Demers

QUE, STL, DET, MTL, TBAY

1007
13

Roger Neilson

TOR, BUF, VAN, LA, NYR, FLA, PHI, OTT

1000
 
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