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“Our failures are higher than most teams’ successes.  We don’t really worry about the outside noise. We went to the final four last year and we played very well. We’re going to build on that this upcoming year; last year is over and done with.

“Perception versus reality…how many teams have accomplished what we’ve accomplished the past six or seven years?”

-Doug Wilson, San Jose Shark GM.  More on Wilson and the Sharks from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

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Oilers Rock's avatar

yeah doug, no teams did what u guys have been doing in the playoffs for the past seven years

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 07/31/10 at 01:28 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Perception versus reality…

That’s right, Doug. It’s your perception that you’ve done well. And the reality is your fans think you’re the biggest choke-artists in the league.

…how many teams have accomplished what we’ve accomplished the past six or seven years?

Here’s an idea for you, Doug. Put that on a plaque and hang it in your dressing room. Have the players tap it with their sticks every time they take the ice. That way, they’ll have it memorized by the time they talk to the media after the first, second or third round of the playoffs every year.

With an attitude like Wilson’s it’s no wonder the Sharks suck. Their team motto should be “Aim for the stars and be happy if you almost get there.” smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/31/10 at 01:34 PM ET


In recent years, you have heard the term “culture of winning” used in describing the attitude surrounding top teams from the front office to the ice. Wilson’s words sum up perfectly the culture of the Sharks. I cannot imagine Ken Holland, Lou Lamoriello, Ray Shero, Brian Burke, saying something like this.

Posted by mc keeper on 07/31/10 at 02:42 PM ET


After a rough week at work, I really needed a good laugh.  Thank you Doug Wilson !

What an idiot…. and here it is I thought “Chokin’ Joe” and “Missin’ Marleau” were the reasons the guppies get ousted each season.

My 3 favorite things happened this year: The Hawks won the cup and they beat the flyers and DESTROYED the sharks in doing it.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 07/31/10 at 04:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

“Perception versus reality…how many teams have accomplished what we’ve accomplished the past six or seven years?”

By my count 24 teams have managed to not win a Cup in that timespan, Doug.

Posted by Primis on 07/31/10 at 06:22 PM ET

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