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Tom Wilson’s Suspension Is Upheld

NEW YORK (October 25, 2018) -- Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 20-game suspension that was assessed to Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson by the Department of Player Safety 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 September 30.

Commissioner Bettman heard Wilson’s appeal of the original decision, assessed Oct. 3, at a hearing in New York on Oct. 18.

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.

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

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Paul's avatar

Wilson has 7 days to appeal, it would be heard by a neutral arbitrator.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/25/18 at 02:45 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Bettman wrote in the concluding section of his ruling: “In my judgment, a 20 regular season game suspension assessed to Mr. Wilson reflects and accounts for appropriately the unique combination of factors involved in this case, including the gravity of the offense, Mr. Wilson’s prior disciplinary record (particularly within the relatively short period of time in which it was amassed), the multiple warnings and guidance he has received from the DPS, and the seriousness of Mr. Sundqvist’s injury.”


There was a 31 page pdf file attached to the media release, I am sure the WP will have more on this if interested.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/25/18 at 02:52 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Good. That guy is a friggin’ menace.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 10/25/18 at 03:08 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Just another ring added to this ridiculous circus. A 7 hour sham hearing so Bettman could deliver a ruling he had written the moment Wilson appealed.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/25/18 at 05:50 PM ET

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