KINGS ASSISTANT COACH 1989-92
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A former NHL defenseman, Rick Wilson spent three years as an assistant coach with the Kings, instructing Los Angeles blueliners under head coach Tom Webster.
Wilson served in a similar capacity with the New York Islanders during the 1988-89 season and also assisted former Kings coach Tom Webster with the 1988-89 Canadian National Junior team. Wilson got a taste of head coaching in the NHL in 1991-92 when Webster was temporarily felled by an inner ear ailment. Wilson and fellow assistant Cap Raeder served as co-coaches during Webster’s absence, a span of 15 games.
Before joining the Islanders, Wilson spent eight years with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, six as an assistant and the final two (1986-87 and 1987-88) as head coach and general manager. Wilson, a native of Prince Albert, helped the Raiders to the 1984-85 Memorial Cup championship. Prince Albert finished third in the WHL in each of Wilson’s seasons as head coach.
Wilson’s coaching career began at his alma mater, the University of North Dakota, where the Sioux won the 1980 NCAA Division I title and two WCHL crowns during Wilson’s two years.
Drafted by Montreal in the 1970 amateur draft, Wilson spent four seasons (1973-77) in the NHL as a defenseman for the Canadiens, St. Louis and Detroit. He played hockey and football at North Dakota, and earned a degree in education.
Following his time with the Kings, Wilson joined the Dallas Stars organization working with the team's defensemen. During his tenure with the organization, he was a part of seven division titles, two Western Conference crowns, two President’s Trophies and the 1999 Stanley Cup-winning club.
During the 2001-02 season, Wilson was promoted to interim head coach on Jan. 25 after Ken Hitchcock was relieved of his coaching duties. As the Stars’ head coach, Wilson led the club to a 13-11-7-1 mark over the season’s final 32 contests.