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.”
Cassidy on Carlo: released from hospital early a.m. Resting at home.
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) March 6, 2021
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
Update: Capitals’ Tom Wilson will have a hearing with DoPS tonight re his hit on Boston’s Brandon Carlo.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) March 6, 2021
By Harrison Brown