Tom Wilson has been suspended three different times for preseason hits against the St. Louis Blues over the last two years. Wilson has a solution for this.
According to Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland, Wilson will never play a preseason game against the Blues again.
Honest talk with Tom Wilson today. Says it’s gotten to the point he’d rather not make a hit in fear of it being considered illegal. Says it’s 100% in his head throughout a hockey game. Also said he’ll be sitting out pre-season games against the #stlblues moving forward #allcaps
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) January 3, 2019
During the 2017 preseason, Wilson was suspended two games for a September 22 hit on Robert Thomas.
He followed that up with another bad hit on Samuel Blais eight days later, resulting in a major penalty and a game misconduct. Wilson was suspended the first four games of the 2017-18 regular season.
A year later, during the Capitals’ final preseason game, Wilson was suspended 20 games (which was later reduced to 14 games, but ended up being 16) for a high head hit on Oskar Sundqvist.
In the chat, Strickland also reports that Wilson is avoiding certain hits and that the suspensions are “100 percent in his head,” which suggests Wilson has learned from the past incidents.
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