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Age / DOB:  (60) / 5/28/1955
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 175

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Former Maple Leafs Head Coach has some advice for the new bench boss on the block, Mike Babcock.
"He’s got to make sure the players communicate with the media, that’s the biggest problem they have in Toronto," Wilson said. It would probably help if the media didn't blow up unimportant items, as well. To wit Wilson noted "I think they’re going to have to make an adjustment to how Mike (Babcock) demands accountability from everybody." There will certainly be an adjustment period for all parties involved, including the media. Jun 9 - 7:52 PM
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Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson will take over head coaching duties for Team USA's National Junior Team in 2016.

"His resume speaks for itself, both as a player and a coach," Assistant Executive Director for Hockey Operations Jim Johannson said. Wilson has 1,401 games of NHL coaching experience with Anaheim, Washington, San Jose, and Toronto. Including a Cup Final appearance with Washington in 1998. Wilson also led Team USA to silver in 2010's Winter Olympics in Vancouver, gold with USA in 1996's World Cup as well as bronze in that year's World Championships. "The World Junior Championship has evolved into one of the great events on the hockey calendar, Wilson said, "and with so many highly-skilled players in USA Hockey's player pool, expectations have never been higher."
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According to a team source, Ron Wilson has emerged as a candidate for Florida's head coaching job.

Wilson and Montreal Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant were interviewed for the position by GM Dale Tallon earlier this week. Marc Crawford as well as Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters have been spoken with too. The Panthers may also wait for the AHL Calder Cup Finals to end to talk to Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins and Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens is reportedly on their radar as well.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 04:31:00 PM
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Some hockey writers, including The Hockey News’ Ken Campbel, have started to train their sites on underachieving Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who made no moves at the deadline to improve his parent club’s roster, although he had said he’d explore trading for a goalie.

Ron Wilson pointed out his boss failed to make a trade in his post-game press conference on Tuesday, which couldn’t have helped his situation. That game marked his 1.400th as an NHL coach. He’s now stuck on 1,401, as Burke fired him and replaced him with Randy Carlyle Friday night.
Sat, Mar 3, 2012 10:15:00 AM
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Toronto fans at the Air Canada Centre chanted "Fire Wilson" during the Maple Leafs' 5-3 loss to Florida on Tuesday night.

"It's frustrating and understandable," said a diplomatic Ron Wilson following the contest. "Everyone is frustrated right now. We didn't do anything at the trade deadline and we came out tentative to say the least. ... we talked ad nauseam about the next 20 games (and the playoff push), and we came out like that. We didn't help ourselves at all." The Panthers jumped on the Leafs for two quick goals just over two minutes into the game and the team never recovered. Toronto has one win in their last 10 outings, but they are still only four points out of a playoff spot if they can get their act together.
Wed, Feb 29, 2012 08:40:00 AM
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According to a QMI Agency source, Leafs GM Brian Burke is considering complaining to CBC about Don Cherry's criticism of Leafs coach Ron Wilson.

Cherry claimed that Wilson couldn’t have cared less when troops were introduced during an appreciation day on January 14th. "He is furious at the comment Cherry made about Ron Wilson not applauding for the troops and for other things too," the source said, referring to Burke. "He is fiercely loyal to his guys." Burke declined to speak on the issue during the All-Star Game. Cherry initially echoed Burke's remarks, but he laughed when told about the rumors that Burke might talk to Cherry's bosses. "If it’s true, he’s got to get in line to get me because there are lots of people who seem to want to," Cherry said.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:09:00 AM
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Ron Wilson's contract extension is reportedly a one-year deal.

This deal makes a lot of sense, even if you're not a big fan of Wilson. Coaches never have much job security, but if he's really only extended through the 2012-13 campaign, then the Leafs could easily fire him if they decide to go in a different direction after this season. In other words, the Leafs are now in a position where they can keep Wilson beyond the 2011-12 season if they want to, or go coach hunting over the summer if things take a turn for the worse, like they would have had to do if they didn't extend Wilson. Wilson hasn't made the playoffs during his tenure with the Leafs, but to be fair to him, he was leading a rebuilding and transitioning squad. The 2011-12 Leafs have taken a big step in the right direction and the franchise might make the playoffs for the first time since the lockout.
Mon, Dec 26, 2011 02:03:00 PM
Ron Wilson - C - is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have extended the contract of coach Ron Wilson.

Wilson tweeted this morning that he received a contract extension and TSN has confirmed the rumor although no official announcement has been made. Wilson tweeted:"He came! He came! Remember saying that as a little kid? Well he did: I got a new Red Ryder BB gun and a contract extension!" Congratulations to Mr. Wilson on the contract extension and the BB gun.
Sun, Dec 25, 2011 01:39:00 PM
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Ron Wilson might have nudged at a contract extension with his latest tweet.

"This Xmas could be better if Santa stuffs a certain piece of paper in my stocking," Wilson said via twitter. Given that Wilson is in the last season of his four-year contract, our minds - and the minds of most people who read that tweet - turn to the possibility of a contract extension for Wilson. He failed to make the playoffs in his first three seasons with Toronto, although to be fair, he was handed a rebuilding team. The Leafs have taken a step forward this season and are in a decent position going into the Christmas break. With that in mind, we wouldn't be surprised if Wilson got an extension.
Sat, Dec 24, 2011 10:49:00 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs worked on improving their penalty kill on Sunday.

The Leafs have drastically improved their power play this season, but their penalty killing, which is currently 29th in the NHL, remains a sore spot. "We've watched a lot of video today and worked on some things after practice," coach Ron Wilson said. "I think it's just two games that have popped up and we've got to get back to what we were doing for a month [in November]." Colby Armstrong and Tyler Bozak killed penalties as a duo last season and they might be used in that role again.
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 09:40:00 AM
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Two major Canadian communication giants, Bell and Rogers, have gotten together to purchase Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment from the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan.

Rogers and Bell will each own 37.5% of the MLSE, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, and the Air Canada Centre when the purchase is finalized next summer. It's not clear how Rogers and Bell will split the operational duties. The teachers announce recently that they would not sell MLSE two weeks ago, but they changed their tune when Bell and Rogers approached them with a new offer. The Pension Plan wasn't exactly popular with Leafs fans, but at the end of the day, we don't expect Rogers and Bell to do anything differently in terms of the quality of the team put on the ice. Leafs GM Brian Burke will still keep his job and will almost certainly still be allowed to spend to the cap. Whether the team eventually wins the Stanley Cup will have more to do with Burke's decisions and less to do with the media giants that are now standing over his shoulders.
Fri, Dec 9, 2011 09:45:00 AM
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Toronto GM Brian Burke announced on Twitter that head coach Ron Wilson's job is safe despite former Anaheim bench boss Randy Carlyle's availability on the open market.

"Sorry to hear about Randy Carlyle," said Burke via Twitter. "But our coach isn't going anywhere." Carlyle helped Burke's Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007, but the Leafs' GM has stood by Wilson during his tenure in Toronto. However, until Carlyle gets a job somewhere else or Wilson is signed to an extension the speculation will likely continue.
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 02:07:00 PM
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After much speculation, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan has decided not to sell their controlling share of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

Other parties have expressed an interest in purchasing the Teachers' 80% stake in MLSE, which controls the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, and the Air Canada Centre. In March, The Pension Fund begun a review of their position, which fueled speculation that Toronto's NHL, NBA, and MLS franchises might be sold. However, the Teachers review has been completed and their decision is to "maintain its stake in MLSE."
Source: Toronto Sun
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 11:33:00 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leads are still having problems with their special teams play.

"We never shot the puck," said coach Ron Wilson. "For some reason, we're looking for a better play. We over-passed it. We didn't shoot the puck when we needed to." The Leafs went 0-for-5 on the power play on Saturday against Ottawa, while surrendering a power play goal during a 5-on-3 disadvantage. Toronto currently has the the league's 16th ranked power play and the 30th ranked penalty kill.
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 10:27:00 AM

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