In the meantime, Assistant General Manager Joe Will will take care of the day-to-day operations of the team. Wilson has served as the Sharks’ general manager since May 13, 2003, making him the second-longest-serving general manager in the league.
During his tenure as general manager, the Sharks won a Presidents’ Trophy (2009), made one Stanley Cup final (2016) and made 14 playoff appearances.
Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month.
When Wilson got his Hockey Hall of Fame induction call from President Lanny McDonald, he replied, “I’m not even a Hall of Fame member in my house. It’s my wife.
Wilson continued this theme from the podium when he was inducted on November 15 in Toronto, looking at his wife Kathy, surrounded by some of their six grandchildren (a seventh is on the way), and calling it the heartbeat of ‘a growing family.
“This weekend is more about you than anyone,” said Doug.
Wilson – the 1982 Norris winner and the most prolific blue line goalscorer the Chicago Blackhawks have produced – recalled the people who helped him but were unable to attend the induction ceremony: mentor Tony Esposito, first roommate Stan Mikita and his father.
Growing up in Ottawa, Wilson’s parents encouraged him to play all sports and “find the one you love.”
–With files from Luke Fox