Tom Wilson gets closer to spot on Team Canada roster for Beijing 2022

Interesting developments for the Capitals’ enforcer.


Earlier this season, it was reported that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was getting the attention of Hockey Canada ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Earlier this year Team Canada announced that Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Las Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were the first 3 members of their team, but Wilson might be getting closer to a spot on the team as well.

On Friday, Tom Gulitti of revealed how Wilson confirmed he has been going through the IOC testing as part of being on Canada’s long list of 55 candidates for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

“It’s been cool to be mentioned with those guys and be part of it, but obviously it’s an extremely tough team to make. So I’m just focused here right now and Hockey Canada will make their decisions.

“There’s two dreams as a kid in Canada: To play for Team Canada and to win the Stanley Cup, and if you have the opportunity to do either, you’re going to be extremely excited about it.”

While fans may be quick to question Wilson as a potential member of Team Canada, let’s not forget that he isn’t just an enforcer with a questionable reputation. The 2018 Stanley Cup champion is a first-line player on the Capitals and an effective and important player at even strength, the power play, and the penalty kill.

Team Canada would be lucky to have him and it sounds like he is getting closer to making his dream come true.