Wilson with the Capitals in 2017
March 29, 1994|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Washington Capitals|
16th overall, 2012|
Thomas Wilson (born March 29, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, 16th overall, by the Capitals at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018. His style of play is aggressive, with many calling it dirty; he has been suspended four times for dangerous hits to the heads of other players. He began the 2018-19 season with his longest sentence, for a hit in a preseason game for which he was suspended 20 games, of which he sat out 16 before the penalty was reduced (to 14 games).
Wilson attended Greenwood College School and later Plymouth High School while playing for the Plymouth Whalers. His younger brother James also attended Greenwood and was drafted by the Whalers in the 2010 OHL Draft.
Wilson won the gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, and was also selected to play in the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game. Wilson was a member of the Canada under-18 team that won gold medal at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Prior to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, he was rated as a top prospect who was expected to be a first-round selection in the Draft. The 6'4", 210-pound Wilson was eventually picked 16th overall in the Draft by the Washington Capitals, and excelled in an expanded offensive role with the Plymouth Whalers, his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) club; his third-year stats (23 goals and 58 points) more than doubled his previous year's output (nine goals and 27 points).
On May 10, 2013, Wilson made his NHL debut when he suited up with the Capitals for Game 5 of their 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs series against the New York Rangers. During that game, he had one memorable shift during which he lost a skate blade after a check on the boards, and was forced to struggle back to the bench on one skate while play carried on.
On October 3, 2013, during the 2013-14 season, Wilson participated in his first career NHL fight, taking on Lance Bouma of the Calgary Flames. He scored his first career goal just over one month later, on November 5, against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders.
Wilson scored his first career playoff goal in overtime of Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving the Capitals the 4-3 win. During Game 4 of the same series, Wilson scored two goals and saved a goal in the same game, diving across the crease to help his goalie Braden Holtby keep the puck out of the net, helping the Capitals tie the series at two games each. The Capitals would eventually lose in seven games in the next round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Wilson had a career year during the 2017-18 season, putting up career numbers in goals, assists, and points. On December 6, 2017, Wilson scored four points in one game for the first time in his NHL career. He scored two goals and two assists to help the Capitals beat the Chicago Blackhawks. He frequently played on the Capitals' top line with Alexander Ovechkin, and reached double digits in goals for the first time in his NHL career during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, to help push the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. In the playoffs, Wilson was investigated three times by the NHL Department of Player Safety for hits to the heads of opponents that resulted in injury. Wilson's successful season ended with the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
On July 27, 2018 the Capitals re-signed Wilson to a six-year, $31.02 million contract extension worth $5.17 million annually. Making his season debut at a November 13, 2018 game against the Minnesota Wild, after serving 16 games of a 20-game suspension (later reduced to 14), Wilson scored a goal -- pulling a goaltender interference penalty on the play -- then got into a fight with Marcus Foligno after a faceoff. After a 5-2 win that, teammate André Burakovsky, who had a goal and an assist, said of Wilson: "He's a key player for our team. Brings so much energy both on the ice and off the ice, so a huge lift for the team to get him back."
On November 30, 2018, in his ninth game of the season, Wilson scored a goal and was ejected from the game for a hit on Brett Seney in a 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. The NHL Department of Player Safety held no hearing on the play and decided not to punish Wilson. Wilson had seven goals in the nine games back after his early-season suspension, and improved his goal-scoring streak to five games with his goal against the Devils. In a December 4, 2018 game, forward Ryan Reaves of the Vegas Golden Knights was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and a 10-minute game misconduct for a "blindside" hit on Wilson -- who was helped off the ice by a trainer and ruled out for the remainder of the game.
On October 3, 2018, Wilson was suspended from 20 regular season games as a result of an illegal head hit on Oskar Sundqvist of the St. Louis Blues during a preseason game. Wilson appealed his suspension at a hearing in New York on October 18, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld it. Following Bettman's decision, Wilson filed for a third appeal from a neutral arbitrator. On November 13, 2018 his 20-game suspension was reduced to 14, making him eligible to play that night against the Minnesota Wild. Wilson had served 16 games of his suspension. The ruling by Shyam Das allowed him to recoup $378,049 of the $1.26 million he forfeited as part of the suspension.
|2009-10||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||GTHL||77||44||61||105||140||--||--||--||--||--|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge Gold Medal||2011|||
|CHL Top Prospects Game||2011-12|||
|Stanley Cup Champion||2018|
|The Hockey News, Bob Probert Award (Toughest Player)||2018|