Wilson Suspended 20 Games

Notorious Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for the fourth time in thirteen months. After an in person hearing Wednesday morning, The NHL’s Department of Player Safety finally acted forcefully, handing him a 20 game sentence. All four suspensions have been for violent hits that show no regard for the safety of his … Continue reading Wilson Suspended 20 Games

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Wilson Blindsite Hit Earns Hearing

In the least shocking news of the 2018-19 pre-season, Washington Captials forward Tom Wilson will be on the unfortunate side of a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. https://twitter.com/nhlplayersafety/status/1046550994295894016?s=21 The illegal check in question was a blindside hit to Oskar Sundqvist of the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Wilson approached this hit following … Continue reading Wilson Blindsite Hit Earns Hearing

Cross Checking Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

Back in January 2018, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings cross checked Pittsburgh Penguin Justin Schultz and was ejected with a 5:00 major penalty and a game misconduct. The NHL's Department of Player Safety decided to only give Brown a fine. In my analysis of the incident I said "The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has … Continue reading Cross Checking Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

Washington Capitals Playing A Questionably Physical Style

The Washington Capitals have a bad habit in the playoffs. I’m not talking about the general Capitals franchise playoff habit of choking in game sevens. I’m talking about this specific 2017-18 Washington Capitals team and the habit this 2018 playoff season of launching into hits. The most notable incident is of course the Tom Wilson … Continue reading Washington Capitals Playing A Questionably Physical Style

Stralman Won’t Be Suspended; Not As Surprising As You Might Think

I’m having a hard time believing Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lightning isn’t being suspended for his boarding penalty on Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals.  https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/996549983741595648?s=21 It was a gift to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to put the rumours to rest that they in fact are not biased toward Tom Wilson. … Continue reading Stralman Won’t Be Suspended; Not As Surprising As You Might Think

Wilson Hit on Aston-Reese Has No Place in Hockey

I think Tom Wilson is the epitome of what today’s NHL breeds, promotes, and encourages.  That’s why Wilson and an unusually large number of hockey fans genuinely believe there was nothing wrong with his hit on Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese. They see this particular hit as just another hard play. Guys like Niklas Kronwall and … Continue reading Wilson Hit on Aston-Reese Has No Place in Hockey

Tom Wilson Gets Four Game Suspension

The NHL's Department of Player Safety has suspended Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals four games for his boarding major against Sam Blais of the St. Louis Blues Sunday afternoon. This is Wilson's second suspension in the same pre-season. He was suspended two games already for an interference penalty just 10 days ago, also against … Continue reading Tom Wilson Gets Four Game Suspension

Wilson Suspended For 2 Pre-Season Games

Washington Capitals tough guy Tom Wilson made his first Tough Call appearance of 2017-18 and the regular season hasn't even started yet. He was handed a two game suspension for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas Friday night. The play was called interference on the ice, and there was no doubt about it. Thomas … Continue reading Wilson Suspended For 2 Pre-Season Games

Bad Hockey Fighting Precedent Being Set

There was an ugly incident in the OHL playoffs recently. Ottawa 67's player Travis Barron had his helmetless head slammed off the ice by Missisauga's Nicholas Hague as he was laying on the ice after a fight. The only video I can find of the cheap shot is the one from this article. Sadly, I've … Continue reading Bad Hockey Fighting Precedent Being Set

Wilson Gets Fined For Kneeing

For kneeing Penguins forward Connor Sheary, Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals received a very specific fine of $2,403.67, the maximum fine allowable under the CBA. To me, NHL Player Safety is so random with everything else it decides I'm surprised the maximum fine isn't listed as "just give us whatever you have in your … Continue reading Wilson Gets Fined For Kneeing