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Breaking: Doug Wilson stepping down as Sharks GM after 19 years

The San Jose Sharks GM has stepped down today after his 19 years with the organization, confirmed the team on Thursday.

The team announced Thursday that Joe Will remains interim GM until a full-time replacement can be found. Will has been running the team's hockey operations since Wilson went on medical leave in late November.

"While I have made great progress over the last several months, I feel it is in the best interest of the organization and myself to step down from my current duties and focus on my health and full recovery,"

Wilson said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my career in the NHL in the future."

"These past 19 years serving as general manager of the San Jose Sharks have been a privilege and one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable periods of my life," said Wilson. "I have been incredibly fortunate to work for and with some of the most talented and passionate people in the game of hockey.

Here's an official statement from the Club.

San Jose made the playoffs 14 times with Wilson in charge and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2016. Only Pittsburgh and Boston won more regular-season games than the Sharks during Wilson's tenure.

Wilson, 64-years-old, had to take a leave of absence back in November due to health issues. He was the second-longest tenured GM in the NHL until stepping down.

He played for the Sharks in their inaugural season in 1991-92. The longtime NHL defenceman who won the Norris Trophy in 1981-82 was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.



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