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Born July 5, 1957 (1957-07-05) (age 52),
Ottawa, ON Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Chicago Black Hawks
San Jose Sharks
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1977
Chicago Black Hawks
WHA Draft 5th overall, 1977
Indianapolis Racers
Career 1977 – 1993

Douglas Frederick Wilson (born July 5, 1957 in Ottawa, Ontario) is the General Manager of the San Jose Sharks and a former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. After playing junior hockey for the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey Association, Wilson was drafted 6th overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft. He then played 14 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks and two years for the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League. He was the first captain in Sharks history, serving two years before retiring after the 1992–93 season.

A first round draft choice (sixth overall) by the Blackhawks in 1977 after a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67s, Wilson played 14 seasons in Chicago and still ranks as the club's highest scoring defenseman in points (779 — fifth overall), goals (225 — 12th overall) and assists (554 — third overall). Wilson ranks fifth all-time in games played (938) for Chicago. In addition, he led all Blackhawks defensemen in scoring for 10 consecutive seasons (1980–81 through 1990–91) and captured the 1982 James Norris Memorial Trophy, symbolic of the League's top defenseman, when he tallied 39 goals and 85 points — still Blackhawks single-season records for goals and points for a defenseman.

He was selected to eight NHL All-Star Games (seven with Chicago and one with San Jose) and while with Chicago, Wilson was named as an NHL First Team All-Star in 1982 and twice was named as an NHL Second Team All-Star (1985 and 1990).

Acquired by San Jose from Chicago just before the Sharks inaugural season (1991–92), Wilson brought instant credibility and respect to the young franchise. He played two seasons for the Sharks, scoring 48 points (12 goals, 36 assists) in 86 games and, entering this season, ranks T-56th on the Sharks all-time scoring list, T-17th all-time among defensemen.

Included in Wilson's Sharks career highlights are serving as the franchise's first team captain (1991–93), being the team's first representative in an All-Star Game (1991–92), playing in his NHL-milestone 1,000th game on Nov. 21, 1992 (77th player in League history) and twice named Sharks nominee (1992 and 1993) for the King Clancy Award (for leadership and humanitarian contributions both on-and off-the-ice). At his 1,000th NHL game played ceremony, he announced the creation of the Doug Wilson Scholarship Foundation, to provide assistance to worthy college-bound Bay Area students, which continues today.

Wilson announced his retirement as a member of the Sharks during training camp in 1993–94 after playing in 1,024 career games. In addition, he played in 95 career playoff games and scored 80 points (19 goals, 61 assists). The Ottawa, Ontario native scored 827 points (237 goals, 590 assists) during his career that began in 1977-78 with Chicago.

In 2004, Wilson was named to the Positive Coaching Alliance's National Advisory Board. PCA, established at Stanford University in 1998, looks to create a positive character-building experience by using sports to teach life lessons while de-emphasizing the "win-at-all-cost" mentality.

Wilson was inducted into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in September 1999. He also serves on the NHL's board of directors for the alumni association.

In October 1998, the Ottawa 67s honored his stellar career by retiring his No. 7 sweater. Known as an offensive defenseman, he recorded 295 points in 194 OHL games with the 67s from 1975–77. In addition, during the same weekend of activities in his hometown, he was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

On May 13, 2003, the San Jose Sharks hired Wilson as general manager, replacing Dean Lombardi.

His brother, Murray Wilson, won four Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. His daughter Chelsea plays volleyball for the University of Southern California. His son Doug plays hockey at Tufts University. Doug and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Lacey, Doug, Charlie and Chelsea.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 55 29 58 87 75
1975–76 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 58 26 62 88 142
1976–77 Ottawa 67's OMJHL 43 25 54 79 85
1977–78 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 14 20 34 72 4 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 56 5 21 26 37
1979–80 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 73 12 49 61 70 7 2 8 10 6
1980–81 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 12 39 51 80 3 0 3 3 2
1981–82 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 39 46 85 54 15 3 10 13 32
1982–83 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 74 18 51 69 58 13 4 11 15 12
1983–84 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 13 45 58 64 5 0 3 3 0
1984–85 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 22 54 76 44 12 3 10 13 12
1985–86 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 17 47 64 80 3 1 1 2 2
1986–87 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 16 32 48 36 4 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 8 24 32 28
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 66 15 47 62 69 4 1 2 3 0
1989–90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 70 23 50 73 40 20 3 12 15 18
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 51 11 29 40 32 5 2 1 3 2
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL 44 9 19 28 26
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 3 17 20 40
NHL totals 1024 237 590 827 830 95 19 61 80 86

Career team record (as a GM)

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
San Jose Sharks 2003–04 82 43 21 12 6 104 1st in Pacific Lost in Conference finals
2005–06 82 44 27 - 11 99 2nd in Pacific Lost in Second round
2006–07 82 51 26 - 5 107 2nd in Pacific Lost in Second round
2007–08 82 49 23 - 10 108 1st in Pacific Lost in Second round
Total 1089 518 426 101 46

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Awards
Preceded by
Randy Carlyle
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1982
Succeeded by
Rod Langway
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Real Cloutier
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
Denis Savard
Preceded by
Bobby Simpson
Indianapolis Racers first round draft pick
1977
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
new creation
San Jose Sharks captains
199193
Succeeded by
Bob Errey
Preceded by
Bryan Trottier
NHLPA President
November 9, 1992–September 13, 1993
Succeeded by
Mike Gartner
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