No suspension for Tom Wilson from NHL

No suspension for Tom Wilson from NHL
December 19, 2013, 6:15 pm
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After “extensive” review and a conference call with the Capitals, NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan believed Tom Wilson and the Capitals were punished enough Tuesday night in their 5-2 loss to the Flyers.

In an announcement that left the Capitals feeling “vindicated” and undoubtedly left Flyers fans angry, Shanahan decided not to give supplementary discipline to Wilson for his explosive check on Flyers center Brayden Schenn.

“We agree with the league’s position that it was a clean hit,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said in a statement. “There should not have been a penalty on the play.

“It was a punishing hit, not predatory or otherwise illegal. Under our current rules, punishing but clean hits are permitted. We are happy that Tom Wilson was vindicated and Brayden Schenn is not injured.”

Because of the violent nature of the collision, which knocked Schenn out of the game, it seemed certain Shanahan would suspend Wilson, or at the very least, issue a fine to the 19-year-old rookie.

But after reviewing the play and speaking with McPhee, Wilson and Adam Oates in a noon conference call, Shanahan was convinced that Wilson approached Schenn in “typical forechecking fashion” and that Schenn made the hit “worse” by turning his back to Wilson just before absorbing the hit.

Schenn did not return to the game but is back in the lineup tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“It’s our belief, and it was asserted by Wilson in today’s hearing, that the decision to hit Schenn was not made until Wilson already was inside the offensive zone faceoff circle,” Shanahan said in a video explaining his decision.

Shanahan actually provided a tutorial on the Capitals’ forechecking scheme, noting Casey Wellman as the first forward into the offensive zone [F1], Wilson as the second forward to provide support [F2] and Eric Fehr as the defensive safety valve in the high slot.

Shanahan also notes that Wilson remained on his feet and delivered a shoulder to shoulder check.

Considering the ferocity of the hit and the public pressure to punish Wilson because of it, Shanahan deserves credit for taking the time to review the play, and listen to Wilson’s explanation and be bold enough to make the right call.

Watch the video the NHL released right here:


 

After “extensive” review and a conference call with the Capitals, NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan believed Tom Wilson and the Capitals were punished enough Tuesday night in their 5-2 loss to the Flyers.

In an announcement that left the Capitals feeling “vindicated” and undoubtedly left Flyers fans angry, Shanahan decided not to give supplementary discipline to Wilson for his explosive check on Flyers center Brayden Schenn.

“We agree with the league’s position that it was a clean hit,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said in a statement. “There should not have been a penalty on the play.

“It was a punishing hit, not predatory or otherwise illegal. Under our current rules, punishing but clean hits are permitted. We are happy that Tom Wilson was vindicated and Brayden Schenn is not injured.”

Because of the violent nature of the collision, which knocked Schenn out of the game, it seemed certain Shanahan would suspend Wilson, or at the very least, issue a fine to the 19-year-old rookie.

But after reviewing the play and speaking with McPhee, Wilson and Adam Oates in a noon conference call, Shanahan was convinced that Wilson approached Schenn in “typical forechecking fashion” and that Schenn made the hit “worse” by turning his back to Wilson just before absorbing the hit.

Schenn did not return to the game but is back in the lineup tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“It’s our belief, and it was asserted by Wilson in today’s hearing, that the decision to hit Schenn was not made until Wilson already was inside the offensive zone faceoff circle,” Shanahan said in a video explaining his decision.

Shanahan actually provided a tutorial on the Capitals’ forechecking scheme, noting Casey Wellman as the first forward into the offensive zone [F1], Wilson as the second forward to provide support [F2] and Eric Fehr as the defensive safety valve in the high slot.

Shanahan also notes that Wilson remained on his feet and delivered a shoulder to shoulder check.

Considering the ferocity of the hit and the public pressure to punish Wilson because of it, Shanahan deserves credit for taking the time to review the play, and listen to Wilson’s explanation and be bold enough to make the right call.