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HHOF 2020: Will Wilson’s near quarter-century wait end?

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Sr. Managing Editor of Hockey


If Doug Wilson finally earns election to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 24, it will be the end of a 24-year journey for No. 24.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ all-time defenceman leader in goals, assists and points retired in 1993 and became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 1996.

He wore 24 his entire NHL career – 14 seasons with Chicago and two with the San Jose Sharks.

Wilson stood No. 8 in career points (827) by defencemen at the time of his retirement. All seven ahead of him would eventually be named to the Hall of Fame: Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Bobby Orr, Brad Park and Larry Murphy.

Wilson now stands at No. 15. Only one blueliner in front of him – No. 14 Gary Suter – is not in the Hall.

The Ottawa native ranks 11th overall in defenceman goals (237), many of them coming from his trademark slap shot, which accounted for a big share of his 85 power-play goals.

Legendary Detroit defenceman Red Kelly is actually listed at No. 7 on........


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