As first reported by Helene Elliott of the LA Times, Sportsnet can confirm that former NHL and Team USA hockey coach Ron Wilson is recovering after suffering a stroke.
Wilson, 61, has been a head coach in the NHL for 18 years with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was let go by the Leafs in 2012 and has not been back behind an NHL bench since.
With 648 career NHL wins, Wilson ranks 10th on the league’s all-time coaching wins list. He reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Washington Capitals in 1998 where he lost to the Detroit Red Wings, but has never won the Stanley Cup.
Wilson was the head coach for Team USA at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where he led his team to a tournament win. He also coached Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, leading them to a silver medal.
Upon hearing the news, the hockey world sent its well wishes to Wilson.