Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Wilson
Selected in the 13th round, 133rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976, Ron Lee Wilson would certainly be classified as one of the longshots who made it. Although he played in four years of Ontario Major Junior A, his only real complete season in junior was his last one, in 1975-76, when he played in 64 games for the St. Catherines Blackhawks. Wilson tallied 37 goals and 62 assists for 99 points, which was enough to draw at least a passing interest from scouts. The concern was whether or not that was a fluke year or if he could maintain that type of offensive output.

Wilson spent the first three years of his pro career riding the buses in the American Hockey League with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. Each year he showed a steady improvement and in that third year he collected 33 goals and 42 assists and 75 points.

In 1979-80, the Winnipeg Jets were one of four former WHA teams to be absorbed into the NHL. Wilson's rights were now in the hands of the Jets, and he made the roster that season. In 79 games he scored 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points. He would play a total of nine seasons in Winnipeg before moving on to St. Louis.

At the age of 33, Wilson began his second NHL career, playing four years with the Blues from 1989 to 1993, where he had 33 goals over that time period. Ironically, Wilson would end his career with the club that selected him 17 years earlier. In 48 games with the Montreal Canadiens he netted two goals and ten assists in the 1993-94 season.

The 1994-95 season was split between the Detroit Vipers and the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League. 1995-96 was Wilson's last professional season, when he played 46 games for the Wheeling Thunderbirds of the ECHL, retiring just months before his 40th birthday. Not a bad career for a 13th round draft pick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros MTHL
1972-73 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 21 1 11 12 2
1973-74 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A
1973-74 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 6 1 0 1 2
1974-75 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.A 43 26 28 54 24
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 16 6 12 18 6 23 9 17 26 6
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 4 0 3 3 2
1975-76 St. Catharines Black Hawks OMJHL 64 37 62 99 44 4 1 6 7 7
1976-77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 67 15 21 36 18 6 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 59 15 25 40 17 11 4 4 8 9
1978-79 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 77 33 42 75 91 10 5 6 11 14
1979-80 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 21 36 57 28 -12
1980-81 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 18 33 51 55 -34
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 39 3 13 16 49 -3
1981-82 Tulsa Oilers CHL 41 20 38 58 22 3 1 0 1 2
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 12 6 3 9 4 +7 3 2 2 4 2
1982-83 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 65 30 55 85 71
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 3 12 15 12 -3
1983-84 Sherbrooke Jets AHL 22 10 30 40 16
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 75 10 9 19 31 -8 8 4 2 6 2
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 54 6 7 13 16 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 10 9 8 17 9
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 3 13 16 13 +10 10 1 2 3 0
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 5 8 13 28 -1 1 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Moncton Hawks AHL 80 31 61 92 110 8 1 4 5 20
1989-90 Moncton Hawks AHL 47 16 37 53 39
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 33 3 17 20 23 +5 12 3 5 8 18
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 10 27 37 54 -1 7 0 0 0 28
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 12 17 29 46 +10 6 0 1 1 0
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 8 11 19 44 -8 11 0 0 0 12
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 2 10 12 12 -2 4 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 12 6 9 15 10
1994-95 San Diego Gulls IHL 58 8 25 33 60 5 2 0 2 8
1995-96 Wheeling Thunderbirds ECHL 46 12 30 42 72 2 0 3 3 6
1996-2000 Springfield Falcons AHL
2000-2002 Saint John Flames AHL
NHL Totals 832 110 216 326 415 63 10 12 22 64


AHL Second All-Star Team (1989) Traded to Winnipeg by Montreal for cash, October 4, 1979. Traded to St. Louis by Winnipeg for Doug Evans, January 22, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, August 20, 1993.