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Tom Wilson high-sticking Noah Gregor during Wednesday night's game.
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NHL Department of Player Safety announces in-person hearing for repeat offender

Published March 21, 2024 at 1:12 PM
BY COOPER GODIN

A repeat offender will have to explain himself to the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety at an upcoming hearing.

On Thursday, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been offered an in-person hearing for high-sticking Toronto Maple Leafs forward Noah Gregor.

An in-person hearing allows the Department of Player Safety to hand down a suspension of more than five game and it's not often we see these happen.

"Washington's Tom Wilson has been offered an in-person hearing for high-sticking Toronto's Noah Gregor. Date and time TBD."




The incident in question happened during the third period of Wednesday night's game between the Maple Leafs and Capitals in Washington. Wilson and Gregor were battling along the boards in the Washington zone and after hitting the Maple Leafs forward, Wilson swings his stick wildly, making contact with his opponent's face.

Wilson was handed a four-minute double minor on the play for high-sticking, while Gregor was left in quite a lot of pain before making his way back to the Maple Leafs' bench.


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NHL Department of Player Safety announces in-person hearing for repeat offender

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