Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have a long time to reconsider his approach to checking players after he was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Wednesday.
The suspension, nearly a quarter of the NHL season, will cost him nearly $1.3 million in lost pay.
It was his fourth suspension since the start of the 2017-18 preseason and occurred 16 games after his last one.
Wilson was suspended for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the Capitals' final preseason game. Sundqvist was cutting across the middle of the ice in the second period when Wilson came back into the defensive zone and knocked him down.
"This is Wilson's fourth suspension in his last 105 games, an unprecedented frequency in the history of the Department of Player Safety," the league said in its suspension video.
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