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NHL suspends Capitals’ Wilson 20 games for illegal check

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

Tom Wilson in practice 2017 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

NEW YORK – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist during NHL Preseason Game No. 106 in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Sept. 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 5:18 of the second period. Wilson was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

 

Wilson is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $1,260,162.60. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277440360/c-61556003.