After waiting over 20 years, San Jose Sharks’ GM Doug Wilson is finally in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In 1996, his first year eligible for the Hall, the New York Yankees ended an 18-year drought to become World Series Champions. The Chicago Bulls were once again dominating the NBA with their second edition of the three-peat.
And the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial was only a cool $1,085,000. These stats from the DDC Public Affairs.
In Wilson’s world, he went from playing on the inaugural Sharks team to helping Team Canada’s World Junior teams from 1994-1997. During those years, Team Canada would win four straight gold medals.
But it wasn’t just his time helping Canada capture all those gold medals which got him into hockey’s most prestigious buildings. It was 1,024 games, 237 goals, 590 assists, and 827 points. Those stats rank within the top 20 all-time for defensemen.
For San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, this is a long time coming.
Many fans are asking why it took so long for Wilson to be inducted to the Hall. Well, there is no answer. But for the former Chicago Blackhawks and Sharks defenseman, the wait is over and that’s all that matters.
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Wilson’s resume includes more than just on-ice stats. He won the Norris Trophy for the league’s top defenseman in 1982. He was also a first-team All-Star in the same season, racking up 85 points in just 76 games.
This year’s Hall-of-Fame class is filled with All-Stars.
Wilson is joined alongside former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, fellow Chicago Blackhawks alumni Marian Hossa, long-time Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kevin Lowe who also waited about 20 years to be elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame and longtime Team Canada female goaltender Kim St-Pierre.
Ken Holland rounds out the 2020 class in the builder’s category.
The 62-year-old from Ottawa has been one of the most successful general managers in NHL history even if he doesn’t have a Stanley Cup victory to his name. He’s one of only four men to play 1,000 games and be the GM in another 1,000.
As the Sharks general manager, the team has won numerous division, conference, and league awards including the President’s Trophy awarded to the team who finishes with the most points in the regular season, in 2009.
This isn’t the first time Wilson will attend a Hall of Fame ceremony. He’s already a part of the Ottawa, Chicago, and San Jose regional Sports Hall of Fames. Though it’s safe to say being inducted into the holy grail of Hall of Fames, might be the biggest achievement of all.
The Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for November but may have to be rescheduled due to the global pandemic.