Capitals forward Tom Wilson was issued a 20-game suspension for his hit on St. Louis Blues center Oscar Sundqvist, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Wednesday.

So where does Wilson's suspension rank in terms of length in NHL history?

Unless Wilson appeals and the suspension is reduced, he will serve one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. The league has only suspended a player for more than 20 games eight times before.

Wilson is the fifth player in NHL history to be suspended 20 games. 

The suspension is the longest the NHL has handed out since 2016, when former Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman was suspended 20 games for making contact with an official as a member of the Calgary Flames.

The season before, San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended 41 games for an illegal hit to the head of Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg, which is the longest non-lifetime suspension in NHL history. 

Chris Simon, who played for the Capitals from 1996 until 2003, was issued a 25-game suspension in March 2007 as a member of the New York Islanders for swinging his stick and hitting Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face. Simon was then suspended 30 games in December 2007 for stepping on the foot of Penguins Jarkko Ruutu.

Capitals icon Dale Hunter was issued a 21-game suspension during the 1993 NHL Playoffs for a dangerous hit on Islanders forward Pierre Turgeon.


Wilson's suspension begins immediately and will miss the Capitals' season opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, as well as the raising of the Stanley Cup banner.