Jim Wiley

James Thomas Wiley (born April 28, 1950) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey center and coach. He played 62 games in the National Hockey League between 1972 and 1977, split between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks, with the bulk of his career being spent in the minor Central Hockey League. Wiley retired as a player in 1980, and in 1984 became a coach in the United States Hockey League, and would later coach in several minor leagues. In 1995–96 Wiley coached the NHL's San Jose Sharks for the final 57 games of the season, before returning to the minors. His last season as a coach was in 2008.

Jim Wiley
Born (1950-04-28) April 28, 1950 (age 70)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1972–1980

Playing careerEdit

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Wiley signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1972 following a fine collegiate career at Lake Superior State University, becoming the first Lakers alum to play in the NHL. He would spend the majority of the next two seasons with the Hershey Bears, Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate, although he did appear in 26 games for the Penguins over that stretch, recording 4 assists.

Wiley was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1974 intra-league draft, but continued to find himself toiling in minor pro. He would earn a 2-game callup in 1975–76, and would have his longest NHL stint in 1976–77, when he recorded 4 goals and 10 points in 34 games for the Canucks. He would retire in 1980 without seeing any further NHL action.

Wiley appeared in 62 NHL games, recording 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points along with 8 penalty minutes.

Coaching careerEdit

Following his retirement, Wiley would move into coaching. He was the long-time coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League before breaking into the pro ranks in 1993 as head coach of the Kansas City Blades, the top affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.

When the Sharks fired head coach Kevin Constantine after a dismal 3–18–4 start, Wiley was promoted to the head coaching position with the NHL club. While his 17–37–3 record was somewhat of an improvement over their start, it was not enough for Wiley to keep his job. Following the season, he was reassigned back to the Sharks' top farm team, now the Kentucky Thoroughblades, where he served until 1998.

Since leaving the Sharks organization, Wiley made stops in the East Coast Hockey League, Central Hockey League, and United Hockey League.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1966–67 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOJHL 25 13 22 35 13 12 11 7 18 4
1967–68 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOJHL 38 21 31 52 34 11 2 3 5 6
1968–69 Lake Superior State University ICHA 26 9 15 24 4
1969–70 Lake Superior State University ICHA 25 21 17 38 11
1970–71 Lake Superior State University ICHA 25 18 19 37 13
1971–72 Lake Superior State University ICHA 28 22 34 56 24
1972–73 Hershey Bears AHL 71 30 45 75 30 7 1 1 2 5
1972–73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1973–74 Hershey Bears AHL 47 21 33 54 26 14 5 11 16 15
1973–74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 0 3 3 2
1974–75 Seattle Totems CHL 51 10 25 35 24
1975–76 Tulsa Oilers CHL 76 33 63 96 21 9 5 4 9 38
1975–76 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1976–77 Tulsa Oilers CHL 29 17 17 34 27 9 4 4 8 4
1976–77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 34 4 6 10 4
1978–79 Tulsa Oilers CHL 73 23 45 68 29
1979–80 Tulsa Oilers CHL 76 18 36 54 30 3 0 2 2 0
CHL totals 305 101 186 287 131 21 9 10 19 42
NHL totals 62 4 10 14 8

CoachingEdit

NHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
SJ 1995-96 57 17 37 3 (47) 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs

Other leaguesEdit

Team Season W L OTL/T
Kansas City Blades 1993–94 40 31 10
Kansas City Blades 1994–95 35 40 6
Kansas City Blades 1995–96 2 1 0
Kentucky Thoroughblades 1996–97 36 35 9
Kentucky Thoroughblades 1997–98 29 39 12
Lexington Men O' War 2002–03 34 31 7
Memphis RiverKings 2003–04 17 14 0
Roanoke Valley Vipers 2005–06 12 26 5
Amarillo Gorillas 2006–07 32 28 4
Amarillo Gorillas 2007–08 22 32 10

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Wayne Schaab
CHL Leading Scorer
1975–76
Succeeded by
Steve West
Preceded by
Kevin Constantine
Head coach of the San Jose Sharks
1995-96
Succeeded by
Al Sims