The NHL has dropped the hammer on Tom Wilson.
The Capitals’ forward has been suspended 20 games for a blindside hit to the head of St. Louis Blues centre Oskar Sundqvist during a preseason game on Sunday.
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
Tom Wilson's hit on Oskar Sundqvist. Wilson received a match penalty. pic.twitter.com/gseYif7Fz4
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) September 30, 2018
Wilson’s suspension will cost him $1,260,162.60. His salary this season is only $1,100,000.
Wilson was offered an in-person hearing by NHL’s Department of Player Safety for the infraction. He was ejected and assessed a 10-minute penalty on the play.
Wilson signed a six-year, $31 million contract extension with the Capitals this offseason and has a history of dishing out dangerous hits.
The power forward was recently suspended for three games during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs for a check to the head of Penguins’ centre Zach Aston-Reese that broke his jaw and caused a concussion.
In last year’s preseason, Wilson had two incidents against the Blues that led to supplementary discipline. The first was a hit on Robert Thomas that resulted in a two-game suspension.
Wilson returned to the lineup two games later for another matchup with the Blues and boarded Sam Blais, resulting in a major penalty and a game misconduct. He was issued a four-game suspension for the first four regular season games and lost $97,560.96 in the process.
Prior to the 2017 preseason, Wilson had numerous questionable hits, but was only fined once and did not serve any suspensions.