Capitals’ Tom Wilson Offered In-Person Hearing For Hit On Bruins’ Brandon Carlo

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Saturday morning that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been offered an in-person hearing for boarding defenseman Brandon Carlo in the team’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

While Carlo was battling for the puck with Capitals forward Jakub Vrana, Wilson delivered a high hit on him. He was not assessed a penalty on the play.

Wilson has been suspended four times previously but not since October 3, 2018. His previous suspension was 20 games long. Wilson was offered an in-person hearing before his last suspension.

‘The NHL’s Department of Player Safety’s definition of “repeat offender”:


What is a “Repeat Offender”?

A player is considered a repeat offender for 18 months following his most recent incident that resulted in a suspension. His status as a repeat offender in this category is used to determine the amount of salary forfeited should he receive another suspension.

It is important to note that even if a player is not defined as a repeat offender, his past history may come into consideration when determining future supplemental discipline.


The 26-year-old waived his offer to an in-person hearing and will know his punishment on Saturday evening. The fact that Wilson was offered one could hint that a suspension of at least five games is coming.

Carlo was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance after the hit on Friday. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy called the hit “predatory,” “completely unnecessary,” and “predatory.” Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said after the game that he did not get any notice about a possible hearing for Wilson. Bruins forward Brad Marchand said during an intermission interview that the hit was a “bulls*** cheap shot.”

Wilson has recorded seven goals, 17 points, and a +1 rating in 21 games this season.

The Capitals will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).

UPDATE 4:20 PM

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
This entry was posted in News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Capitals’ Tom Wilson Offered In-Person Hearing For Hit On Bruins’ Brandon Carlo

  1. Jon Sorensen says:
  2. Diane Doyle says:

    This game is now turning out to be one where the Caps would have been better off had they just forfeited to Boston.

  3. Anonymous says:

    There was nothing wrong with that hit, and if anyone else besides him had made it no one would be upset about it

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    The hearing will be a “virtual in-person hearing” on Zoom which sounds like an oxymoron.

  5. Marky says:

    I like how they changed from targeting the head last night to boarding today. I didn’t know boarding can now be from the front now and not just from behind…They are making this up as they go along. This is not suspension worthy. Notice d man didn’t look up or around to make sure no one was coming at him. Watch any d man in every nhl game when he goes to fetch a puck, he looks around to see who’s coming at him before deciding what to do with the puck when he gets there. Media up here in Boston wants blood. Wonder also at what point Bmac determines Wilson ain’t worth the trouble and thinks about trading him.

  6. Marky says:

    Like how DoPS changed the hit to the head (because there wasn’t any from Tom) go boarding this afternoon. Didn’t know you could ‘board’ from the front. They are twisting their laws to get a crime on this. I also wonder if Bmac ever thinks that the best thing would be to trade him in the offseason? You could get a nice RW replacement for him…for the record I love Tom Wilson on the Caps.

Leave a Reply