Sharks’ longtime GM Doug Wilson stepping down following medical leave

Franchise icon Doug Wilson resigned as the Sharks’ common supervisor Thursday, sending shock waves through the staff.

Wilson’s 19-year run as San Jose’s leading hockey government took a backseat to a continued battle with an undisclosed sickness that compelled him to consider a medical leave in November, weeks after his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“These previous 19 years serving as normal manager of the San Jose Sharks have been a privilege and 1 of the most satisfying and enjoyable durations of my everyday living,” Wilson said in a assertion. “I have been exceptionally fortunate to operate for and with some of the most gifted and passionate people in the video game of hockey.”

He concluded by indicating: “While I have created excellent progress over the last several months, I truly feel it is in the very best curiosity of the business and myself to action down from my latest duties and aim on my health and fitness and full recovery. I glimpse ahead to continuing my career in the NHL in the long run.”

Wilson, 64, was San Jose’s first captain, very first All-Star and without the need of concern the team’s most prosperous standard supervisor.