Capitals' Winger Tom Wilson Banned 20 Games
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a pre-season game.
Wilson's punishment was announced Wednesday, just hours before the reigning Stanley Cup champion Capitals were to raise their banner and open their title defence by hosting the Boston Bruins to begin the regular season.
The physical right winger, who plays on Washington's top line with captain Alex Ovechkin, drew a 10-minute penalty for the way he hit St. Louis Blues centre Oskar Sundqvist in the second period of the teams' exhibition game on Sunday.
Wilson had an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety in New York on Wednesday.