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Reactions to Tom Wilson's 20-game suspension

Samson X Horne
| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist, second from left, is helped off the ice by right wing Dmitrij Jaskin (23) and defenseman Vince Dunn (29) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game after he was checked by Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Washington.
St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist, second from left, is helped off the ice by right wing Dmitrij Jaskin (23) and defenseman Vince Dunn (29) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game after he was checked by Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Washington.

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Wednesday in response to a blindside hit to the head of St. Louis Blues center and former Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Oskar Sundqvist during Sunday night's preseason game.

The Caps' right winger has a recent history that was bound to open him for a potentially harsh suspension , according to NBC Sports writer Adam Gretz.

Gretz says the NHL is harsher on repeat offenders.

Who can forget about that jaw-jacking cheap shot on Zach Aston-Reese during last year's playoffs?

Reminder:

Wilson, who is serving his fourth suspension in 13 months, also will forfeit $1.26 million.

The fine, in essence, is more than his salary this year.

This tweet is also telling:

There are some hockey fans who think the penalty was too harsh.

To add more insult to injury, if that's even possible (yes it's possible because it's Tom Wilson), the suspension was handed down moments before the banner raising in Washington to commemorate the Stanley Cup Final champs from last season.

And of course, the Internet wins against Tom Wilson.

Hopefully the NHL won. If the hefty fine/suspension combo doesn't urge Wilson to change his ways, it seems that nothing will.

Thing is, hockey fans don't mind him playing hard and making (legal) hits, injury involved or not, they just don't want to see their team's players get hurt as the result of a cheap shot.

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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