For more than four decades, almost all of Doug Wilson’s moral, professional, business and life decisions have been guided by a simple credo. He adopted it not long after he checked into the Bismarck Hotel in Chicago for training camp as a 20-year-old rookie and learned his road roommate would be Stan Mikita. And it was very much on Wilson’s mind as he carried Mikita’s casket as one of the former NHL superstar’s pallbearers at Mikita’s funeral in August.
Since that day in 1977, Wilson forged a splendid NHL career in which he led Chicago blueliners in scoring nine straight seasons. He won a Norris Trophy and was the first captain of the San Jose Sharks. He was an executive with the NHL Players’ Association, had four children and is now the third-longest tenured GM in the NHL. And through it...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.