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No supplemental discipline for Caps’ Wilson

Dec 19, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals repeatedly insisted that Tom Wilson‘s check on Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn was clean.The NHL’s Department of Player Safety determined that it at least wasn’t worthy of supplemental discipline on Thursday:

In case you’d rather read the explanation instead of watch the video, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of Brendan Shanahan’s reasoning.

  • Shanahan believes that Schenn, 22, turned his back in a way that contributed to the violence of the collision.
  • The league apparently believes a claim from Wilson, 19, that he made the decision to hit Schenn when he was inside the faceoff circle, mitigating some of the charging discussion.
  • Also, Shanahan points out that Wilson was reading the play when he was making his way on the forecheck, strengthening the argument that the decision to hit Schenn came later than some might believe.
  • Ultimately, Shanahan believes that Wilson was mostly skating in a “typical forechecking fashion.”

So, long story short, the league decided that the charging major and game misconduct Wilson received during that game was enough of a punishment.

Related: PHT Extra on the league’s mixed messages regarding suspensions

  1. trick9 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Right decision and exactly what i expected.

    • 950003cups - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      I like how Shanahan was very clear on his interpretation of the mindset of forechecking. Nice job Shanahan. Now, if you would kindly assert this judgement while judging the other 29 teams we will all be happy.

  2. bigx21 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Someone fire Shanny for being g*yyy!! Can even make right decisions for Thornton and now Wilson!!!

    • charlieconway96 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      I feel dumber after having read your comment. I suppose that dumbness is what lead me respond. I’d like an apology and my brain back now.

  3. devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Wow, what an explanation by Shannaban. Totally agree.

  4. tripps3 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I actually agree with this decision

  5. joey4id - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Well! Bite me! I applaud the video and excellent explanation of a typical fore-checking strategy. GM and AO were correct after all. However, why was there a charging call on the ice then? Which, btw contributed to the Caps loosing the game. Bad call on the ice. Would be nice to see the NHL continue producing these sorts of videos when they choose not to suspend a player after a hearing.

    • thesportsjudge - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Is that extra “o” for emphasis?


      • joey4id - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Hahaha! And “o” is a vowel. :-) not a constant nor a consonant.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      “However, why was there a charging call on the ice then?”

      The on-ice officials don’t have the luxury of extensive video review and these plays happen in a second.

  6. sabatimus - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Wow. An actual intelligent review of what happened. I’m surprised.

  7. jacketsfan7 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I agree with this decision

  8. bakedbees - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    She said her name was Lucy but they all called her loose…

  9. ovi8hull16 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I agree 100%. Good job Shanahan.

  10. stakex - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    The title should read: “NHL reaffirms that hockey is a contact sport”.

    Seriously, after watching this hit a couple times it was clearly just a standard hockey play. The call on the ice was a bad reactionary call, and all the talk about a possible suspension ignored the facts (that Shanahan did a great job laying out).

    The lesson to be learned here, and its one that even a lot of NHL players don’t seem to get, is that turning away from a hit can be far more dangerous than just taking it.

  11. lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Wow. Everyone on here was totally bashing Oates and McPhee for being delusional and now everyone’s preaching ‘what an explanation’ ‘I totally agree with this’. Little redemption for all those who were thumbed down the other day for saying it was a clean hit on here.

    • storminator16 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Because they are sheep who just go the way the wind blows.

      I still think it was a spendable hit. No one is going to be happy until we see someone die on the ice. Hockey is a contact sport but those hits have to go. Play the puck. What is so hard about that? The game needs to change.

      • kcbruinsfan - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Not sure what you’re getting at with this comment. Wilson did play the puck, Schenn had it. Are you saying that the NHL should move to a no checking Mite/Squirt level of play to avoid possible injuries.

        On earlier thread I argued that the hit was a charge, but not a suspendable hit. The most dangerous aspects of the hit were generated by Schenn when he turned at the last second to avoid contact. Seeing the breakdown from Shanahan I’m not even sure that charging was even the right call. Not going to fault the refs, they see the game at full speed and need to make a quick judgement on the play. No suspension was the right call. Not sure what “those hits” constitute. There are going to be questionable hits in each game, and that’s what penalties are for. Not all of them are suspendable.

      • storminator16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        To say that Wilson was playing the puck is laughable.

  12. bmoreredfury311 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    So where are all the people crying that this was a dirty hit and dirty play? Where are the people that were calling Oates and mcphee, morons and blind? Shanahan said it was a hockey play, by a young hockey player, point and case. See you March 2nd, donkeys

    • storminator16 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Oates and McPhee are morons.

  13. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    They are the Phiily fans that are not on here now. Go figure

  14. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    That’s exactly what I have said all along on other post congratulations Shanny and the NHL got right for once! The NHL channel shows these videos all the time.

  15. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    He does with these videos. I have seen then on NHL network as they are released. They show 2-3 at a time.

  16. bwayblueshirt - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Good call by Shanny. Check out an article here about the state of suspensions as a whole:

  17. csilojohnson - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    You seem angry.

  18. rmcd119 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Hey you clowns who thought it was a bad hit, eat it! Great explanation by Shanahan! Wilson did control himself. He needs just two strides to bury that guy who turned his shoulder to avoid the oncoming train.Turn-about is fair play based on what that #$%$ Emery did. When do the Caps play the Flyers again? Maybe the Caps will show up the next time.

  19. carryon1116 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    The thing the NHL does better then the NFL is they will admit the referee made a mistake if it is something like a major hit or a clutch offsides

  20. disp350 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    S H A N A H A N + D E P T OF P L A Y E R S A F E T Y = A S S H O L E # 2

  21. cspsrbums - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Still spendable? Okay so we will give you games every time players touch each other. The hit was clean why would you suspend him? As for GMGM he is a moron not for defending the hit only for how he builds teams. As for Adam that’s still out because he should of lit The flyers up in DC for the Emory debacle. Then the flyers wouldn’t have played so physical in Philly. But if they are morons for calling a legal hit a good hit and that’s why your mad then you are the moron.

  22. kastout11 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’m a Flyers fan who initially thought a suspension was coming. However, I was looking at it from a Flyers fan standpoint. If a Flyer had committed the hit, I would have lobbied for there to be no suspension. Schenn did turn which made the hit a lot more severe. After hearing Shanahan, I agree with the ruling. McFee and Oates said what any Gm and coach would say, standing behind their guy.

  23. sporkov - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    You cannot skate from the center red line at speed and then accelerate again at then end and have it be a clean hit. I don’t care if Schenn flinched at the end, all of the responsibility is on Wilson not to hit him here. Should have been suspended.

    • 28giroux28 - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Yes you can. He forechecked quickly to support an outnumbered linemate. He stopped his stride, changed direction, and then gave a hard hit to the puck carrier. The play looked worse then it was because Schenn had trouble controlling the puck and was therefore moving slowly and standing up higher than his usual stride. Its not Wilson’s responsibility to wait until Schenn is ready to go, and then hit him. That’s not forechecking.

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