On Friday night, NHL tough guy Tom Wilson tried to decapitate another player with a dirty, high hit. This time, it was Boston Bruins defenseman, Brandon Carlo. For his actions, Wilson was scheduled to attend an in-person Zoom hearing on Saturday evening.
The verdict is in, Willson has been suspended by the NHL for seven games.
Washington’s Tom Wilson has been suspended for seven games for Boarding Boston’s Brandon Carlo. https://t.co/kKEJL0v4Bq
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 7, 2021
Here’s the hit in question.
— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) March 6, 2021
Examining Tom Wilson’s Suspension History
Here’s Wilson’s history from his TSN bio if you wish to refamiliarize yourself with his suspension history. Wilson isn’t considered a repeat offender by the current CBA.
Nov 13, 2018: Suspension reduced by a neutral arbitrator to 14 games.
Oct 03, 2018: Suspended by the NHL for 20 games.
Oct 03, 2018: Fined $1,260,000 by the NHL.
May 02, 2018: Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.
Oct 03, 2017: Fined $97,560 by the NHL.
Oct 03, 2017: Suspended by the NHL for 4 games.
Sep 23, 2017: Suspended by the NHL for 2 preseason games.
Apr 29, 2016: Fined $2,403 by the NHL.
Mar 27, 2015: Fined $2,000 by the NHL.
Washington’s Tom Wilson will have a hearing this evening for Boarding Boston’s Brandon Carlo.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 6, 2021
This is a really bad take on the Wilson hit.
This will be an unpopular tweet, and that’s fine, because I don’t conclude based on reputation or narrative.
My opinion: Tom Wilson’s hit on Carlo is not illegal.
Carlo’s head is not the main point of contact. Break it down, sure looks like he gets chest/torso first. [Thread] pic.twitter.com/10fhMN1CAt
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 6, 2021
Speaking of bad takes, here’s what Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette had to say on the hit.
Peter Laviolette said he’s “hopeful” Tom Wilson will be available Sunday vs PHI. No word yet on when his hearing will be.
Laviolette said the hit on Carlo was a “hockey hit” and if that was a “suspendable play then all hitting really is going to probably have to be removed.” pic.twitter.com/b6hQmrN98u
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) March 6, 2021
The Rat Speaks Up
Post-hit, Boston Bruins All-Star forward Brad Marchand was interviewed between periods by NESN. Marchand wasn’t shy, and he pulled no punches giving his thoughts on Wilson’s hit. His teammate Carlo was on his way to the hospital with an upper-body injury.
According to Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, Carlo was released from the hospital this morning and is back home. You can make out the words that were bleeped out.
“That was a bull**** hit”
Brad Marchand weighs in on Tom Wilson’s hit on Brandon Carlo that forced Carlo to leave the game.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 6, 2021
“That was a bullshit hit,” Brad Marchand said. “Brando had his head down in the corner. (Wilson) took liberty on a guy that was in a vulnerable spot. That’s a fucking cheap shot there. We lost a great player. It is great to see him skate off the ice by himself. But he was obviously in a bad spot. He’s hurting. That’s a bad hit.”
Yes, the Boston Bruins – Marchand haters are going to take issue with what he said. Yes, Marchand has done some questionable things, but he’s paid for his crimes. He’s also cleaned up his act the last few seasons. The fact that Wilson has reoffended means that hasn’t learned his lesson and needs to be given a nice 10-game suspension. Make it hurt. According to the current CBA, he’s not a repeat offender. M-kay. Apparently, using the logic of some, Marchand isn’t allowed to comment on Wilson’s transgression.
Yes, Marchand has a history of being suspended by the NHL, but like Wilson, he isn’t considered a repeat offender anymore.
Apr 02, 2018: Fined $5,000 by the NHL.
Mar 09, 2018: Fined $2,000 by the NHL.
Jan 24, 2018: Suspended by the NHL for 5 games.
Jan 24, 2018: Fined $373,475 by the NHL.
Apr 06, 2017: Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.
Apr 06, 2017: Fined $109,756 by the NHL.
Jan 26, 2017: Fined $10,000 by the NHL.
Dec 30, 2015: Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.
Dec 30, 2015: Fined $164,634 by the NHL.
Nov 13, 2015: Fined $5,000 by the NHL.
Jan 16, 2015: Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.
Jan 09, 2012: Suspended by the NHL for 5 games.
Dec 12, 2011: Fined $2,500 by the NHL.
Mar 17, 2011: Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.