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San Jose Sharks will raise banner for longtime GM next season

San Jose Sharks will raise banner for longtime GM next season

By Alex Simon

The San Jose Sharks will hold a ceremony to honor Doug Wilson — their longtime general manager, first-ever team captain and a Hockey Hall of Famer — in the second home game of the 2022-23 season.

The team will raise a banner to the SAP Center rafters to honor Wilson’s “significant contributions to the team” prior to the Oct. 15 game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the team he played the majority of his career for, the Sharks announced Friday.

Wilson served as the Sharks’ general manager from 2003-04 to 2021-22, with his last season cut short by an extended medical leave he took beginning on Nov. 26, 2021. He stepped down from the general manager role on April 7, citing the desire to “focus on my health and full recovery.” He did state, however, that he was looking forward to continuing his career.

The Sharks had originally planned to honor Wilson in a ceremony before the April 23, 2022 game against the Blackhawks during the end of last season, but decided not to do so.

“Doug Wilson’s imprint on this franchise is unmistakable – on and off the ice,” Sharks President Jonathan Becher said in a statement. “As the new expansion team’s first captain in 1991, he set a standard and helped build a foundation that would allow the team to quickly morph into one of the League’s most inspiring and successful teams. As general manager, he crafted and fostered the most successful era of Sharks hockey the franchise has seen, drafting a blueprint which allowed the Sharks to be in the upper echelon of NHL teams for victories and appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Doug’s legacy in San Jose is forever solidified and this recognition will ensure that future generations of Sharks fans will learn about his contributions to Sharks hockey.”

Source: Paradise Post

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