Sep 30, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) checks St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist (70) in the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson for 20 games after a hit to the head to Oskar Sundqvist of the St. Louis Blues. Wilson’s suspension will cost the forward over $1.2 million in salary.

Wilson will likely appeal the decision that would keep him out of action until November 21st when the Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Did the NHL make the right call with this suspension?

For the first time in recent memory, we can say that they hit this one right on the head. Typically the NHL takes the easy way out. Here, you have a repeat offender once again proving that he hasn’t learned his lesson.

In fact, he holds the special record of being the player who has been suspended the most in a 105-game period.

With the 2018-19 season about to begin, this was a bold yet accurate punishment. The NHL is often criticized for taking the easy way out with its suspensions, avoiding throwing the book at repeat offenders who need to be made an example of.

Capitals fans will try to argue that Wilson didn’t make enough contact with Sundqvist’s head, but the photos of the damage sustained by Sundqvist suggest otherwise.

Now that the league has thrown the book at Wilson, will they be able to maintain this precedent moving forward? The inconsistency of calls both on the ice and in terms of player fines and suspensions have created an unknown area that the league has operated in for years. As a result, hits to the head and other dangerous checks remain fairly prevalent.

Let’s hope the decision on Wilson represents the league’s new way of handling dangerous hits.

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2 thoughts on “NHL suspends Tom Wilson for 20 games, finally gets a suspension right

  1. Wrong, wrong, wrong…a good clean hit, he does not leave the ice, does not jump up, does not elbow the guy intentionally…the other guy skates across the ice, head down and gets hit by a clean, good hit…its really sad that these people at at the NHL take over a million dollars away from Wilson because someone does not protect themselves properly.This is not figure skating, its a rough, fast game…and the onus has to also be on the player receiving the hit as well..head up, eyes open….this was not a dirty hit…this wrong on so many levels and 20 games, talk about overkill…pretty sad day for the league.

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