Rick Wilson started his coaching career as an assistant at UND under Gino Gasparini. He spent two years on that job.
In the first year, UND played for the NCAA national championship. In the second year, UND won the national championship.
That kickstarted a lengthy coaching career that included 30 years in the NHL and a Stanley Cup.
That career came to an end Friday, when Wilson announced his retirement.
"As I look back on my time as a coach in the NHL, I feel a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment,” Wilson said. “Very few individuals in their coaching career have the opportunity to work with incredibly talented athletes like Seregi Zubov, Derian Hatcher, Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan Suter, Matt Niskanen, Jared Spurgeon and John Klingberg. These are a few of the names that stand out, but this list can go on and on involving all positions.
“The game of hockey has provided my family and I so many opportunities and we are forever appreciative."
Wilson, 67, had coaching stints with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. His three-decade run ended with a second-stint in Dallas, where he won a Stanley Cup in 1999.
He stood behind the bench for 2,306 regular-season NHL games.
"We are grateful to Rick and all that he has brought to the Dallas Stars organization and the NHL over his many seasons behind the bench," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He has left a lasting impact on this franchise through the countless hours he's spent teaching, instructing and developing players as well as preparing them to perform at the highest level on the ice."
Wilson came to UND as a defenseman in 1969. He played three seasons with the program, captaining the team during his final year.
Wilson played four seasons in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings.