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San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson steps down after 19 seasons


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is stepping down after 19 seasons in the role.

The team announced Thursday that Joe Will will remain interim general manager until a full-time replacement is found. Will has been running the team’s hockey operations since Wilson went on sick leave in late November.

“Although I have made great progress over the past few months, I believe it is in the best interests of the organization and myself to step back from my current duties and focus on my health and my full recovery,” Wilson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my NHL career in the future.”

Team owner Hasso Plattner said there will be a thorough search for the next general manager. Plattner, Will and team president Jonathan Becher will oversee the search, which could extend into the offseason.

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

“Doug and his staff have produced remarkable results over a period that very few NHL teams can match,” Plattner said.

Wilson, 64, played for the Sharks in their inaugural season in 1991-92. The longtime NHL defenseman, who won the Norris Trophy in 1981-82, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.

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