Cap­i­tals winger Tom Wil­son banned 20 games for pre­sea­son hit

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

WASH­ING­TON Cap­i­tals for­ward Tom Wil­son was banned 20 games by the NHL on Wed­nes­day for a blind­side hit to the head of an op­po­nent dur­ing a pre­sea­son game, the lat­est and most se­vere pun­ish­ment in what the league called an “un­prece­dented” se­ries of sus­pen­sions for the phys­i­cal player.

The right winger’s fourth ban in less than 13 months will cost him nearly a quar­ter of the 82-game reg­u­lar sea­son — only five NHL play­ers have been sus­pended longer for on-ice play — and $1.26 mil­lion in salary.

“I was pretty sur­prised. I think it’s un­for­tu­nate for Tom that the league is mak­ing an ex­am­ple out of him,” Wash­ing­ton for­ward T.J. Oshie said.

“They set the stan­dards; they want to get the dirty stuff out of the game.”

It was an­nounced just hours be­fore the reign­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Cap­i­tals opened their ti­tle de­fense by beat­ing the vis­it­ing Bos­ton Bru­ins 7-0.

Wil­son did not play, but he was in­tro­duced along with his team­mates dur­ing the pregame ban­ner-rais­ing cer­e­mony and skated onto the ice in uni­form.

Wil­son, a mem­ber of Wash­ing­ton’s top line with cap­tain Alex Ovechkin, was ejected for the hit on St. Louis Blues cen­ter Oskar Sundqvist in the se­cond pe­riod of the teams’ ex­hi­bi­tion game on Sun­day.

Wil­son had an in-per­son hear­ing with the NHL’S De­part­ment of Player Safety in New York on Wed­nes­day.

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