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Former NHL Head Coach Ron Wilson Recovering From Stroke

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61 Year Old Coached The Ducks, Sharks, Capitals, and Maple Leafs In 18 Year Coaching Career

Former Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Team USA head coach Ron Wilson has suffered a stroke, according to reports Wednesday morning. Friends of Wilson have said he is in rehab and is recovering.

The 61 year old had brief stints as a player in the NHL, appearing with the Maple Leafs and Minnesota North Stars, but never found much success. Wilson was hired by the Anaheim Ducks in 1993, but the team did not find any success until his 4th and final season, when the team made it to the second round. The Ducks let him go anyway, but his future behind the bench was not over.

Wilson joined the Washington Capitals, and in his first season coached them to a Stanley Cup Final, which they would lose. They would make the playoffs twice more under him, but he was fired after they missed the playoffs in the 2001-02 season. The San Jose Sharks hired him the following season, which saw them miss the playoffs. But they would make the playoffs the next 4 seasons under him, but after not escaping the second round for three straight seasons, the Sharks decided to move on. He coached 4 more seasons in the NHL, these with the Maple Leafs, but the team missed the playoffs the first three, before firing Wilson in the fourth.

Wilson coached the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The team went undefeated in and made it to the final, but lost to Team Canada, winning the silver medal. He would head coach the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, where the team would come in third place, winning a silver medal.

He joined TSN as an analyst in 2015, and could still return once he rehabs from his stroke.