By Ian Oland
Capitals fans love Tom Wilson, but he remains public enemy number one everywhere else.
Wilson was loudly booed by fans during the All-Star Skills Competition on Friday.
Nailed it, @tom_wilso. 😂👏 pic.twitter.com/ZIkBL2EnUy
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 5, 2022
The boos got even louder on Saturday ahead of the start of the All-Star Game. As Zedd provided music, Wilson was introduced to the T-Mobile Arena crowd. The boos drowned out the music. It didn’t bother Tom though who let out a huge grin.
#ALLCAPS Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov's introductions pic.twitter.com/2f4iITvy09
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) February 5, 2022
Evgeny Kuznetsov was announced by the PA next and booed Wilson as he skated up to him.
Evgeny Kuznetsov booed Tom Wilson too 😂 pic.twitter.com/MldQAaoSRt
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) February 5, 2022
During the game, Kuznetsov was asked about the booing by ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.
“That’s how they love him,” he said.
kuzy: booing is actually the nhl’s love language for tom wilson pic.twitter.com/ixJEiYPsZ0
— HockeyKot (@hockeykot) February 5, 2022
While Wilson doesn’t have much support from hockey fans in Vegas, he does in his own family. Wilson’s fiancee Taylor Pischke and the couple’s dog Halle wished Tom good luck.
Tom responded with a heart emoji.
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