Tom Wilson under fire for NHL clash with Artemi Panarin
The NHL is an aggressive, competitive league where players don’t tend to hold off. They love to really go for it, and they don’t mind putting one another under significant physical pressure. And when things really go overboard? They drop the gloves and settle the dispute on the ice. Sometimes, though, even a sport as physically demanding as NHL can go a little bit overboard. This was the case in the recent incident involved Tom Wilson and Artemi Panarin, with the situation unfolding causing huge controversy.
Indeed, the fact that Wilson managed to escape with nothing more than a slap on the wrist from the league was seen as pretty shocking. It was enough to see the Rangers open up on a tirade against those involved. Indeed, George Parros, the Head of Player Safety in the NHL, has been accused of being “not fit for purpose” – pretty strong words indeed.
A statement from the New York club read: “The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrifying act of violence last night at Madison Square Garden,
“Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these type of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and their department of player safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely. Wilson’s dangerous and reckless actions caused an injury to Artemi Panarin that will prevent him from playing again this season.
“We view this as a dereliction of duty by NHL Head of Player Safety, George Parros, and believe he is unfit to continue in his current role.”
The incident, then, shows no signs of dying down anytime soon; on the contrary, it feels like the controversy around this is only just beginning?
What happened between Tom Wilson and Artemi Panarin?
The incident took place in a recent match-up between the two teams. The players got into a confrontation with one another, and Wilson went completely overboard. During the scuffle, he managed to body-slam Panarin twice. He also had got into a fight with Pavel Buchnevich, landing a sucker pucker on the prone player during the second period of the match-up.
With five suspensions in his career, Wilson has shown an inability to control his more physical side in the past. However, the fact he lifted Panarin from the hair for added grip before slamming him was among the worst incidents seen on an NHL court in quite some time. Panarin was lucky that his shoulder was the sole part of his body to slam on the ice. If that were his head, this situation could somehow be even more serious than it is just now.
Now, there is major talk that the league will need to find some means of controlling Wilson. With the slap on the wrist already handed out, though, it looks like it will take pushing from others to see appropriate action taken against a player who has had one too many confrontations go beyond the norm.