Tom Wilson makes decision on six-game ban

It was ruled that he must sit for six games.



Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is no stranger to facing discipline from the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety, as he's been suspended and fined multiple times throughout his career that has also included several controversial moments. 

Earlier this week, he found himself running afoul of the NHLDPS after a vicious high stick to the face of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Noah Gregor at Capital One Arena. For his actions, Wilson was offered an in-person hearing, meaning that he was facing another lengthy suspension. And that suspension was levied, as he was ordered to sit for the next six games. 

To Washington's credit, they haven't missed him at all, as they've won both games Wilson has missed so far and vaulted themselves back into a playoff spot. But if Wilson is chomping at the bit to get back into the lineup in the form of appealing his suspension, that's not going to happen.

According to sources, Wilson plans to offer no appeal to his six-game ban, and will return to action after the six game sentence is completed.

The NHL ruled that Wilson was "accountable for the dangerous result of the play which is a direct and forceful blow to an opponent's head by a player with a substantial track record of supplemental discipline."

His last suspension came in 2021 when he was forced to sit for seven games for a dirty hit on Boston's Brandon Carlo. He also was infamously sat for 20 games in 2018 after a vicious blindside hit to the head of Oskar Sundqvist.

In the 66 games that he's played in this season, Wilson has scored 17 goals with 15 assists. Next season, he'll be starting a hefty seven year, $45.5 million deal.

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