Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended 20 games – ESPN

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Greg WyshynskiESPN

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended 20 games for a hit to the head on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced after an in-person hearing on Wednesday.

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.

Washington’s Tom Wilson suspended twenty games for an Illegal Check to the Head on St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist. https://t.co/ojQ4yN6oFN

— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 3, 2018

It’s the fourth suspension for Wilson since last September — a span of 105 games — including a three-game ban in the 2018 postseason en route to winning the Stanley Cup with the Capitals. The 20-game ban is the longest for the NHL since the 41-game ban for San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres on Oct. 3, 2015, for a hit to the head of Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg. Like Wilson, Torres had been a repeat offender, but his suspensions were nowhere near as frequent.

The Department of Player Safety said it had no formula for a player who had been suspended this often in the modern era, including just 16 games between suspensions.

According to the NHL and NHLPA agreement in the collective bargaining agreement: “Players that repeatedly violate league rules will be more severely punished for each new violation.”

On Sunday in a preseason game, Wilson made significant contact with Sundqvist’s head after the Blues forward shot the puck at the Capitals’ goal. He was eligible to be hit in that spot on the ice, but Wilson targeted his head rather than making a full body check. According to the Department of Player Safety, contact with the head was avoidable on this

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