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Wilson's dad discusses his son's 'heightened emotions'


Wilson's dad discusses his son's 'heightened emotions'

With the Capitals’ fathers gathered together in a luxury suite at BB&T Center on Thursday night, you can imagine the uncomfortable feeling Keven Wilson must have had when he watched his son skate off the ice early in the third period with a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for shouldering Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell into the boards.

As his father, Keven Wilson sees Tom Wilson differently than most and on many occasions needs to bite his tongue when asked about his son’s rambunctious style on the ice.

“Hockey is a game that’s played faster than real life,” Keven Wilson said before departing on the Caps’ two-game trip to Florida, where they’ll face the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Amalie Arena (7 p.m., CSN).

“It requires responses and reflexes that are faster than real life. What we see on the ice is heightened emotions, heightened athleticism, and I don’t think it’s fair to take that parallel down to the level of real life.

“The exuberance and the enthusiasm is there, but it’s dialed up (on the ice). If you saw Tom on an off-day he’d be equally exuberant and enthusiastic, but in a more proletariat way.”

Through 27 games, Tom Wilson, 21, has two goals, five assists and a team-high 58 penalty minutes. But don’t be fooled by all those PIMs. Two months into his third NHL season, Wilson has just one fighting major this season, a tussle with Calgary’s Brandon Bollig on Nov. 13.

That’s a far cry from the 26 fights he got into in his first two seasons with the Capitals. But it’s the reputation Wilson earned from those 26 fights that could be working against him this season.

Of his 58 penalty minutes, Wilson has just two five-minute majors – one for fighting, the other for boarding Campbell – a team-high 18 minors, one 10-minute misconduct and one game misconduct.

Like many Caps fans, Keven Wilson probably wouldn’t agree with every one of the calls against his son this season. But if there is one thing he has learned about Tom it’s been his resiliency and resolve. And he credits Tom’s older brother, Peter, for instilling that.

“He has an older brother, five years older, and Tom was up for the challenge,” Keven Wilson said. “He felt he could compete. Right from the beginning he kept at it and never doubted himself and I think his older brother should get a ton of credit for where he is now.”

Wilson, who lives in Toronto, is making his third dads’ trip with the Capitals and said he wouldn’t miss it for the world.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s so much fun. It reconnects dads who have had to let go of their kids and the great times they’ve had. Everybody talks about the sacrifices, but I think it was fun. Everybody went into this ready, willing and able. It’s a journey and to end up here is something indescribable.”

Wilson said that journey has produced a collection of proud moments for him as a father, but his greatest satisfaction is that his son is getting paid to play a game he’s loved since he was 4 years old.

“Every once in a while I check back in with him and say, ‘Are you having fun?’ And so far the response has always been, ‘I’m having a blast.’ And that’s all I’ve got to hear.”

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately


Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.


NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of


At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”