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Michigan drafts coach Ron Wilson.

552 wins
7th all-time in wins
1 Stanley Cup Finals
1996 World Cup coach winner

1996, 2004 World Cup coach
1998, 2010 Olympics coach

In his first year in Washington, he led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals, where the Capitals were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings in four games. He also coached the U.S. national team again, this time at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

In the 1999–00 and 2000–01 seasons, Wilson led the team to back-to-back Southeast Division titles, though the team failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs both times.

In his four seasons coaching at San Jose, he led the Sharks to the Western Conference finals in 2004 and became the 13th coach to coach 1,000 NHL games on March 18, 2007. With the elimination of the Sharks in the 2007 Playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings, Wilson became the first coach in NHL postseason history to lose to the same team with three different franchises.

Wilson was given the role of assistant coach for the NHL All-Star Game for the Western Conference team after guiding the Sharks to a record of 22-13-5 in the opening half of the 2007–08 NHL season. The Sharks improved that record to 27-15-7 at the time of the All-Star Game. This was Wilson’s coaching debut in an All-Star Game in the fourteen years that he has coached in the NHL.

Wilson is 11th on the all-time list of the number of games coached, and is ranked third amongst the active coaching list.[3]

Wilson earned his 500th win of his coaching career when the Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on February 9, 2008, at HP Pavilion at San Jose. He is the 11th coach in the history of the NHL to reach 500 victories.[4]

On March 1, 2008, Wilson became the coach with most wins in Sharks franchise history with 193 wins, and passed Darryl Sutter, who held the earlier record of 192 wins.

Wilson was named the coach of the U.S. national team at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where he led the Americans to the tournament championship.

In April 2009 he was named the head coach for the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

As a coach, Wilson is well-known for integrating technology into his coaching plans. During his stint with the Washington Capitals, he and his assistant coach introduced personal computers into the team's strategy planning and burned DVDs of Capitals games for the team to review. In his stint with the San Jose Sharks, Wilson introduced a tablet PC to be used in the team bench by himself or his assistants to instantly plan out strategies and review plays.

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