Wilson has 48 hours to appeal to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. He also has the right to appeal to an independent referee (after being appealed to Bettman) as the suspension was in place for at least six games.
If he misses seven games, Wilson will lose $ 311,781.61 of his salary. This money will be transferred to the NHL Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. He would be eligible to return against the New York Rangers on March 20.
Carlo was rushed to hospital Friday night and released on Saturday, the Bruins said.
The game took place at 1:30 in the first stage of Boston’s 5-1 win. Carlo looked for the puck on the end boards and Wilson came in. He put a full body check on Carlo, who hit the defense attorney’s head in the glass. Carlo fell on the ice and walked with the help of a trainer and a team doctor. On-ice officials did not request any penalty for the game.
The capitals play the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday nights. Capital coach Peter Laviolette had said earlier that day that the team was “hopeful” that Wilson would be available for the game.
“It was a hockey hit for me,” said Laviolette. “If this is a suspendable game then all hits will likely need to be removed as he did not take any steps or aimed at the head. One player was against the boards, he was upright and Tom hit him hard.
“I hope the player is fine, but for me the call I think was right on the ice last night. This hit happens so often in the course of the game that someone hits someone against the boards. “
Boarding is defined as a player who “tests or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a way that the opponent hits or hits the boards violently or dangerously”.
The league’s video statement for the suspension stated, “Wilson is approaching from the outside [Carlo’s] Field of view and delivers a high, hard blow that makes direct contact with Carlos’ head, driving him violently into the glass, causing an injury. This is boarding. … Carlos fight with [Capitals winger Jakub] Vrana, his head is low as he searches for the puck, and Wilson’s angles of approach leave Carlo in a position where he is defenseless.
“While there are aspects of this hit that can bypass the line between suspendable and non-suspendable, it is the entirety of the circumstances that made this game worthy of additional discipline,” added the league. “What sets this hit apart from others is the direct and significant contact with the face and head of a defenseless player, causing a violent impact on the glass. This is a player with a sizable disciplinary record who takes advantage of an opponent who has been in a defenseless position and does so with considerable force. “
On Friday night, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy called Wilson’s hit “completely unnecessary, dirty”.
“It definitely looked like this to me [he] I got it right in my head, a defenseless player, a predatory hit from a player who’s done this before, ”said Cassidy.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand called it a “Bulls hit” and a “damn cheap shot” on the Friday game’s Boston show. The teams will not meet again until April 8 in Washington.
Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said improving the safety of the game needs to start with the players and while progress has been made there is more to be done.
“I think we have to be smarter,” he said. “We have to think about the consequences if we score goals.”
The previous time Wilson was suspended was on September 30, 2018 due to a pre-season hit against St. Louis striker Oskar Sundqvist. Wilson’s shoulder collided with Sundqvist’s head on the ice in the middle and he was given a 20-game ban. After Bettman confirmed his original ban in an appeal hearing, it was reduced to 14 games by a neutral referee.
At the time, Bettman wrote in his decision: “I hope this decision will serve as an appropriate” wake-up call “for Mr. Wilson to reevaluate his game and make positive changes to it.”
The Sundqvist hit was the second time Wilson had been suspended from a headshot. The first came a few months earlier, on May 1, 2018, when he was banned from three playoff games after the head of Pittsburgh Penguins striker Zach Aston-Reese was illegally screened. Sundqvist and Aston-Reese struggled with the hits.
An earlier version of this story said that Wilson’s hearing about the coronavirus pandemic was via Zoom.