Ronald Lawrence Wilson was born on May 28, 1955 in Windsor, Ontario. He is known for his career as both a player and coach in the National Hockey League (NHL), and as a two-time inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Wilson’s father, Larry, was also a professional hockey player and briefly competed for the Windsor Spitfires between 1947 and 1948. As a child, Wilson spent only a short time in Windsor before moving to Fort Erie, and then once more, to Rhode Island, when Ron was 12 years old.
His hockey career took off in Rhode Island where he played at Providence College from 1973 to 1977. From there, Wilson went on to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Minnesota North Stars. In 1988, Wilson began his career as a coach. He coached for 18 years in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wilson has also coached Team USA at several high-profile tournaments, including the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the 1998 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and the 2016 World Junior Championships. In addition to coaching, Wilson also worked as a hockey analyst on The Sports Network (TSN) during the 2015 NHL season.