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Video: Tom Wilson gets tossed for charging Brayden Schenn

Dec 17, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

Hockey fans probably already came into Tuesday tired of pondering questionable hits, yet there are already at least three checks that could very well leave players in street clothes. The third came when Washington Capitals youngster Tom Wilson charged Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn.

Wilson, 19, received a game misconduct plus five-minute majors for fighting and charging on the play. Here’s video of the altercation:

Take a glance at a screen capture of the hit, too:


Surely Luke Schenn isn’t too pleased with Wilson’s treatment of his brother.

NBC’s Brian Engblom ranks among those who believe that the young winger deserves a suspension for that hit.

It was a wild second period overall, as the Flyers scored four times (including two on the power play to punish the Capitals for that major penalty) and Washington had two goals of its own.

No word yet on Schenn’s status.

More questionable hits from Tuesday:

Kyle Quincey gets ejected for hit on Ryan Getzlaf

Brad Marchand’s boarding check might get him in hot water

  1. joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Mr. Wilson, rookie, please send your check payable to the NHLPA emergency fund.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      You just wrote the same thing in another article earlier today, milking it are we?

      • joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Actually! If you read them carefully they are a little different. :-)

  2. vbcaps - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Someone enlighten me on the rules here, I agree Wilson charged in on the hit, however, schenn turns at the last moment putting him in a more vulnerable position

    • joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      The charging rule in the book makes no reference with respect to the player turning his back at the last moment.

      42.3 Major Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a major penalty, based on the degree of violence of the check, to a player guilty of charging an opponent (see 42.5).

      42.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – When a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.

      42.6 Fines and Suspensions – When a major penalty and a game misconduct is assessed for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, an automatic fine of one hundred dollars ($100) shall be imposed.

      If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

    • stakex - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Actually joey, you left out the most relevant part:

      42.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

      Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.


      The penalty is charging, NOT boarding so the fact that Schenn turns at the end is irrelevant. If Wilson wasn’t charging in at Schenn, than yes… there were be more question about the hit because of the turn at the end. As it is though, how Schenn went into the boards actually has nothing to do with the call on the ice.

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    The hit itself, ended awkwardly. He hit him in the side as he was turning slightly. The problem with this is the charge and oh boy, was that a charge!

    If he does not charge Schenn, I would say it was just an awkward hit.

    I really wish these players would start respecting each other. The majors and suspensions are out of control. They are going to make it so there is no hitting if this keeps up. I say each teams gets a player like Big Mac and he just sits on the bench. As soon as a dirty/cheap hit happens that player is legally allowed to leave the bench and go pound on the guy. Maybe players will think twice… ( last part was a joke, but they do need to do something about this. )

    • c9castine - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Yeah it’s a charge not even a board Or a Head shot. Charges can carry pretty serious weight with them. I don’t think this is more than a game or two

    • enollatsknarf - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      But wait…. In the Getzlaf thread it was his fault for diving head first into the boards….. Are you sure Schenn wasn’t embellishing?

  4. mclovinhockey - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Agree with Sjshark… If it wasn’t because due to the charge, the hit would just be an awkward hit. It was a charge, it was in a VERY dangerous area, it did result in an injury, and the league has been trying to remove this type of hit… It could easily be anywhere from 2 games to 10 games to set an example depending on the injury. I do think schenn put himself in more danger by turning a bit at the last sec and I would not say this is the NHL definition of boarding (from behind, although in leagues that have checking from behind calls this would be what a boarding is), but I just don’t see the NHL letting this go.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      The last time I saw a charge like that was when I took my cousin Big Louie to the all you can eat buffet!

      • joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Is that Big Louie from St. Leonard?

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    This is a dangerous play that appears to have concussed Schenn… Wilson had no intention of going for the puck and instead clearly charged full speed at a player in a vulnerable spot on the ice. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get 2 games, but then again the league is inconsistent with these suspensions.

    • joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      I have to disagree with. Seems to me the league has been very consistent.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Also, I think it’s important to the context of the situation to mention that Wilson and Schenn have fought before so it may have been Wilson deliberately targeting him.

      • flyerspsu - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        also the atmosphere was pretty crazy at the time where the Flyers had tied it up and delivered about 5 big hits in a very short time with insane momentum going for them, not sure how much that counts for but it was clear Wilson wanted to deliver a devastating hit

    • c9castine - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Always hate to agree with a flyers fan but your right.

  6. devilsarethebest - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Schenn is gonna be out for a while. His reaction trying to get up after the hit and falling multiple times says it all.

  7. bayafan - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    After the game Tom went on to hit a truck and could be heard uttering the words “manure. I hate manure”

  8. steelers88 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    The lack of respect in this league this year is crazy! It’s like the players don’t care about each other anymore. This season has been marred by cheap hits and dirty plays and it needs to stop. Right now the NHL is a garage league. The NHL needs to change punish it’s players more harder because it is clearly not getting through the players.

  9. buysamadrink - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Let me say first…not a Flyers fan in the least. That was absolutely awful to watch. I hope Schenn’s ok.

  10. stunzeed5 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    BS call that changed the game and SCREWED the Caps!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      What are you talking about?? Even if it wasn’t boarding, it was a clear-cut charge that could’ve seriously injured a player. Wilson screwed the Caps, not the officials. It was a dumb and dangerous play that put his team in a hole.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Obvious troll is _______.

  11. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    When Luke and Wilson share the same ice again, Luke will probably need to be arrested after the game.

    Unless, of course, the league were to decide to take these hits seriously….

  12. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Get this f**king crap out of the game NOW.

    • stakex - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Want it out of the game? Allow for limited obstruction against attacking players, and as Milbury says, allow players to “bear hug” other players into the boards. Problem solved.

      Its just that the league wants speed speed speed, and with a faster game with no obstruction hits like this are far more likely. So long as the league continues to increase the speed of the game and reduce the amount of obstruction the problem will only grow.

      • hockey412 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        How would this have prevented this hit?

      • coopjr - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Devils fan?

  13. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    It seems like there is less respect for fellow players in professional sports these days.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Which is weird, because in this day of free agency, and so many people coming and going, you’re never more than a few degrees away from nearly every other player.

  14. mclovinhockey - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    @stunzeed, the only BS in that call was Brayden Schenns initials… Not sure why you thought that was a bad call… Pretty sure you are alone on that. Since schenn did not return I would be shocked if Wilson gets under 5 games.

  15. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Echo sjsharks. There are players with zero respect for other players’ health out there, ruining careers and probably lives. A lot of the brain-damaged ones will suffer from major psychiatric problems and will possibly commit suicide over them. Get this out of the league NOW.

  16. crazemastercraze - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Poor kid. He must have blanked out for a second and thought he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Sad really…..

  17. sabatimus - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    How’s the determent angle going, Shanny? Grow a pair and stop being an idiot.

    • joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Wow! Great comment, sebatimus.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:26 AM

        How can you be intelligent in some points and a total moron in others?

      • joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        Drew, because you took my comment literally. I wrote that comment with sarcasm.

  18. sabatimus - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    An intentional, dangerous charge at top speed. Yes it appeared to be shoulder-to-shoulder, but that won’t be the point because Schenn got hurt, and we all know how Shanny loves to punish the injury. Don’t get me wrong, I think what Wilson did should get him 20 games because Wilson knew full well what he was doing. When did he start accelerating to line Schenn up? The blue line?

  19. sabatimus - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Perhaps Dale Hunter somehow osmosised himself into Wilson, though Hunter is probably irritated that Wilson only shouldered Schenn’s head into the boards instead of elbowing it.

  20. speedstickmusk - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Schenn’s a punk but hope he’s not seriously hurt…

  21. ovi8hull16 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Caps and Wilson fan here. Clear cut charge. That being said, Schenn turtled before the hit and caused himself to go face-first into the boards. Wilson chose a target that could have (barely) defended himself. Schenn chose to turn away and practically dive into the boards himself. He should be suspended for a game or 2 at most for the charge because he had no priors. Those calling for 5 or more are overreacting. Schenn should have bore his shoulder and dropped his center of gravity. Hope he’s ok.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      You’re an idiot. End of analysis.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:27 AM

      Not sure you know what turtling is.

  22. flyerspsu - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Schenn did turn his back at the last second but he was also in an incredibly vulnerable position and Wilson charged in like a mad man to deliver a dangerous, reckless, ill intent hit that could have done some really serious damage

    2-3 games for the the 1st time offender

  23. cspsrbums - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    2 games at most bad position on the ice. I don’t think Wilson will be scared one bit when Schenn meets Wilson on the ice as someone stated earlier. Also all this nonsense coming from Philly fans, Calling something a cheap hit. That the pot calling the kettle black. Really coming from you guys the dirties team in the NHL (Broadstreet bullies) The only thing your made at is the Wilson isn’t on your team of all team,your guys got and never will have room to talk.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Yeah cause a team that made a living betting the hell outta the opposing team physically and on the score board almost 40 years ago says that we can’t call a cheap shot when we see one, cause that makes sense. Your a caps fan, what the hell do you know. Your team was full of cheap shots all game and your pissed we put a whooping on them in every aspect. Erskin alone was acting like such sore loser takin shots at every player after goals and whistles. If Wilson didn’t B line it from one end to the other then that hit wouldn’t of got as much attention but he wasn’t playing the puck he was lookin to destroy him. Before ya start making stupid comments like that you should make sure your team wasn’t throwing cheap shots the whole game. That’s what ya call pot calling the kettle black

    • macgrubie - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      hilarious that ppl still claim the flyers are one of the dirtiest teams.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      The Flyers transgressions in the 70s have no bearing on the actions or intent of opposing franchises today. This team hasn’t been the dirtiest in the NHL for 30+ years. And your point has no relevance to the discussion on Wilson’s charge.

  24. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM


    it looked to me like schenn was in the preliminary stages of wheeling away from an incoming missle, had no time to develop or finish his move, and was almost wrong-footed when pile drived…i see nothing that can be construed as turtling

    the top of schenn’s head was slammed into the end boards, causing serious cervical compression; a type of hit that can end a career with paralysis, or end a life

    the position of capitals coaching and management on wilson’s play, if true, betrays a fundamental sickness in the game; need to rationalize wrongdoing when a weighted censure is otherwise warranted

    the position of teams in general, defending goon players and goon hockey rather than penalizing offending players, coaches and managers, speaks to the culture of violence nurtured in the nhl; none of which has escaped scrutiny of lawyers for complainants in concussion lawsuits…

    in a system of supplementary discipline regulated by team owners themselves, how can one expect coaches and managers to be included in supplementary discipline that should in the very least, penalize both in direct proportion to penalty given an offending player…each mentor and direct players, so why are they excused

    outside of self-regulating bodies like the nhl, responsibility for fault in effective safety administration starts at the supervisory level, moving up the chain into upper management…the roles of coaches and managers in the nhl act in direct parallel

    the courts function outside the rule of the nhl, as do people chosen to sit in the juror’s box…

    confluence of philosophy and belief regarding effective safety administration, from each side, will make for interesting argument should these lawsuits come to trial

    • maalea - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      Schenn tries to wheel and avoid the hit but a charging Wilson leaves no time or space for any way to escape from the heat seeking missle that Wilson had become.

  25. ovi8hull16 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM


    It’s very hard (impossible) to tell what’s going on through his head there. We can’t tell if he made a conscious decision to turn away or not. But he did turn away and the result was a far worse outcome than what would have happened otherwise.

    Yes the charge was dangerous. I just don’t think that he intended the outcome to be so severe. Of course this doesn’t excuse him. I feel he should get 1-2 games.

    Sorry, but I’m not going to comment on anything else you said. I’m tired and you said a lot. Haha. The topic of dangerous hits isn’t black and white. The game is so fast and athletes are so large these days that the game is going to be dangerous unless we sacrifice the game itself. We have to remember that these guys are playing a game for their job. While they shouldn’t be subject to people trying to hurt them, injuries WILL happen. They are living the dream. I would risk concussions for their talent, money, and the privilege of playing hockey for a living. It’s very hard to make the decisions at that speed to play clean 100% of the time.

    Idk why Oates said it was clean. Maybe he hasn’t seen the replay.

  26. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM


    i see your point, but the force of the incoming blow would likely have ended up with schenn being driven into the boards one way or the other…proximity to fixed objects is rarely factored when passion and heat are a boilin’

    had schenn seen wilson coming, he could have delivered a low-bridge ala marchand versus salo, or he could have slipped the hit, with wilson being clattered into the boards regardless…

    wilson was likely expecting a greater measure of resistance, keeping in mind his attack began from the blueline in

    wilson will learn over time, don’t bring a weapon to a fight that can be taken and used against him, a basic premise in judo where an opponent’s inertia is his own worst enemy

  27. hatrick192 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Caps fan here. First off, I do agree with everyone in here that it was a charging call…he does take a few extra steps right before contact so to me it should have been 2 minutes for a charge. Now my real problem with this hit is that Schenn turns at the last second and puts himself in a position to go into the boards awkwardly. When are these puck carriers gonna take some responsibility for the position that they put themselves in? They skate around with zero responsibility and expect the fore checkers to take all the care in the world! If Schenn doesn’t turn I highly doubt we are even talking about this.

    What people are also forgetting about this incident is that Schenn jumped Urbom shortly after the Holtby-POS fight the night of the 7-0 drubbing. Caps finally have players in their lineup where things like this don’t go unnoticed and Wilson was going for a big hit on him in return but unfortunately, Schenn ducked and the hit turned into this.

    Also, as most Caps fans agree, I found myself for the first time agreeing with Millbury on something when he did say that the NHL has brought these kind of hits into the game when they eliminated all obstruction to increase goals

    • girouxsalem89 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Looked to me like Schenn was trying to slip the hit and turn off of it, however Wilson targeted him from the blue line and never stopped taking strides giving Schenn no time to react.

      I don’t care if you don’t like someone fighting your guy, if thats the case challenge him to a scrap and a guy like Schenn would probably oblige, he has fought in the past. What Wilson did could end his career, paralyze or even kill him. If it turns out that revenge was his motive I hope they suspend him for an even greater amount of time.

  28. nhstateline - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    How long did it take the Penguins to start trying to trade for this guy ? He’d fit right in.

    Seriously, what I’d be interested in seeing are numbers. Are there really more of these kinds of hits or do we see every single one of them now because the league, the media and therefore the fans are paying a lot of attention to them. I think having that data would be a good way to figure out if this problem is getting worse, better or staying the same.

  29. capsfan14 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    People are overreacting and making first-hand assumptions on Wilson based on this one play. If anyone has seen him play, he is a high energy guy. He came in with speed and with the way the play developed he hit schenn, and he hit him hard, which he usually does. The placement of the hit itself was not dirty. He just had speed and decided to make a physical play. Wilson will most likley get suspended for the awkward fall that Schenn suffered + he was hit in the boards which makes everything look 20 times worse.

  30. kfraser91 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Definitely a charging penalty but thats it. The boarding part occurred because Shenn tried to change direction at the last second instead of initiating contact and taking some of the force out of the hit. its unfortunate the way he went into the boards but i feel like people throw out the “intent to injure” way too much. Big hits happen in hockey and not all of them are dirty or have malicious intent and people have to realize its a tough sport and every once in a while someone will get hurt. Its the intentional head shots and clear boarding penalties (ex – Phaneuf on Miller. idk how he can say that was an accident and doesnt think he should have been suspended) need to be out of the game and supplemental discipline should be dished out but i think in this case, the 5min penalty and game misconduct that was the correct call. no need for a suspension….but who knows with Shanny out there seemingly pulling explanations/suspensions out of thin air

  31. tas750 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Players please, for the love of the game, make a play on the damn puck instead of trying to blow up your fellow union members.

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