GM Doug Wilson taking temporary medical leave, San Jose Sharks announce

SAN JOSE — Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is temporarily stepping away from his day-to-day duties to attend to a medical issue, the team announced Friday.

Joe Will, the Sharks’ assistant GM, is taking over Wilson’s duties, the team said.

Wilson, 64, has dealt with a persistent cough since at least early September when the Sharks were in Scottsdale, Arizona for a rookie tournament that featured prospects from several other teams.

Wilson also had the cough when he spoke with reporters at the start of the Sharks’ training camp later that month, and was still bothered by it when he last spoke with the media on Nov. 12 in advance of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category.

Wilson’s condition is not believed to be COVID-19 related.

Doctors are now prescribing rest for Wilson, whose sleep has been affected. He is now at his home in Scottsdale.

Wilson has been the Sharks’ general manager since May 2003. He is the second-longest tenured GM in the league behind David Poile, who has managed the Nashville Predators since 1997. The Sharks have a record of 741-445-155 since the start of the 2003-04 season for a .610 points percentage, second-highest in the NHL behind Boston (.611) in that time.

Wilson was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Player Category on Nov. 15 in Toronto after a 16-year NHL career. He spent 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1977 to 1991, and two seasons with the Sharks from 1991 to 1993.

Will, 57, is in his 11th season as the Sharks assistant general manager and his ninth as GM of their AHL affiliate, the Barracuda, formerly the Worcester Sharks.

Will’s primary responsibilities include contract research and negotiations, scouting operations, fiscal planning, salary cap analysis, and hockey administration. He also coordinates and plans training camps, scouting meetings and scouting conference calls each season.

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