Capitals Dylan McIlrath Suspended For Two Preseason Games And Two Regular Season Games For Hit On Steven Fogarty

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday evening that Capitals’ defenseman Dylan McIlrath has been suspended for two preseason games and two regular season games for his hit to the head on Bruins’ forward Steven Fogarty in Sunday night’s preseason game against the Boston Bruins.

The play occurred at the beginning of the third period in Sunday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins.

McIlrath was signed by the Capitals to a two-year, two-way contract (2021-22: $750,000/450,000; 2022-23: $750,000/475,000) on July 28.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety’s explanation:

McIlrath, 29, recorded eight points (2g, 6a) in 29 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. The 6’4″, 235-pound defenseman ranked third among Griffins defensemen in points, while his 70 penalty minutes were tied for the most among all AHL defensemen last season.

The Winnipeg native has played in 66 combined NHL games with the New York Rangers, the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings, recording five points (3g, 2a) and 121 penalty minutes.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Capitals Dylan McIlrath Suspended For Two Preseason Games And Two Regular Season Games For Hit On Steven Fogarty

  1. Anonymous says:

    Horse stuff. McIlraths line was fine until Fogarty tried to duck the check. The in game penalty was more than enough punishment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    NHL just doesn’t want him around for the Rags game. Might have had to dress him. Haha.

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    Clearly “Anonymous ” you never played the game! If this was one of Caps prized prospects you’d be having hissy fit about suspension! Maybe this play & Tom Wilson’s in this game were reason player safety looked further . If Wilson would’ve played that hard in playoffs in last three years they wouldn’t have been out in first round!!

  4. emudd says:

    Bad hit, predictable outcome. A little odd with the split decision but….. a suspension was pretty much assured.

  5. Melissa says:

    Four games? For that? Yikes.

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