Tom Wilson suspended two preseason games, put on notice

Paola Ditto
Settembre 24, 2017

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have a hearing with the NHL's department of player safety for interference on St. Louis's Robert Thomas in Friday night's preseason game.

In handing out the punishment, the National Hockey League noted the lateness of the hit-it occurred more than a full second after Thomas had lost control of the puck-and the predatory nature of Wilson tracking down the Blues' rookie before delivering the blow in front of the visitors' bench. In addition to the lateness of the check, what elevates this hit to the level of supplemental discipline is the predatory nature and force of the hit. "Wilson tracks Thomas for some time and alters his course to ensure he is able to finish this hit." . Dmitrij Jaskin took exception and fought Wilson.

For Wilson, losing two preseason games amounts to a cheap lesson. Over his four regular seasons with the Capitals, the former No. 16-overall pick has played a full 82 games in three of those.

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