NHL PLAYER, Tom Wilson
Born Mar 29, 1994 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Washington Capitals round 1 #16 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Thomas Wilson (born March 29, 1994) is a Canadian born professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, 16th overall, by the Capitals at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson is a Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Capitals in 2018 over the Vegas Golden Knights. Wilson won the gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, and was also selected to play in the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game. Wilson was a member of the Canada under-18 team that won gold medal at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The 6'4", 210-pound Wilson was picked 16th overall in the Draft by the Washington Capitals, and excelled in an expanded offensive role with the Plymouth Whalers, his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) club; his third-year stats (23 goals and 58 points) more than doubled his previous year's output (nine goals and 27 points).
On May 10, 2013, Wilson made his NHL debut when he suited up with the Capitals for Game 5 of their 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs series against the New York Rangers. During that game, he had one memorable shift during which he lost a skate blade after a check on the boards, and was forced to struggle back to the bench on one skate while play carried on.
Wilson scored his first career playoff goal in overtime of Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving the Capitals the 4-3 win. During Game 4 of the same series, Wilson scored two goals and saved a goal in the same game, diving across the crease to help his goalie Braden Holtby keep the puck out of the net, helping the Capitals tie the series at two games each. The Capitals would eventually lose in seven games in the next round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Wilson had a career year during the 2017–18 season, putting up career numbers in goals, assists, and points. On December 6, 2017, Wilson scored four points in one game for the first time in his NHL career. He scored two goals and two assists to help the Capitals beat the Chicago Blackhawks.
Wilson shines in Caps’ romp February 15, 2019
Tom Wilson played a big role in the Washington Capitals 5-1 defeat of the San Jose Sharks last night, tallying 2 points in the win. The big-bodied forward registered a goal and an assist in the contest, along with a team-high, 4 shots on net. Despite suiting up for just 39 games this season, the Toronto-native has been excellent when called upon, registering 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) with an impressive +14 rating.
For more on Wilson and the Capitals’ victory last night, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Wilson scores in Capitals’ win January 07, 2019
Tom Wilson scored his 12th goal of the season last night, as the Washington Capitals came from behind to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2. The big-bodied forward would finish the game with a goal, 4 shots on net, 2 blocked shots and a hit. Despite missing a large portion of the season, the Toronto-native has been excellent when available, tallying nearly a point per game (12 goals, 8 assists) in 22 games played.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Wilson brings Stanley Cup to his hometown August 06, 2018
Tom Wilson took full advantage of his day with the Stanley Cup on Sunday, taking the mythical trophy back to his hometown of Toronto, and more specifically, the North Toronto Memorial Arena, where his dreams of becoming an NHL player began. An alumnus of the North Toronto Hockey Association, the 24-year-old winger spent the day signing autographs and meeting with youngsters who aspire to one day become NHLers themselves. The day culminated with the raising of a banner paying tribute to Wilson’s Stanley Cup triumph.
For more on Wilson, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Wilson makes 6-year commitment to Washington July 30, 2018
Fresh off a Stanley Cup triumph in June, restricted free agent Tom Wilson made a long-term commitment to the Washington Capitals on Friday, signing a new six-year, $31 million contract. A 16th overall pick by Washington in 2012, the big-bodied winger had a breakout campaign in 2017-18, setting career highs in every offensive category during the regular season (14 goals, 21 assists) before becoming one of the surprise performers during the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, tallying 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 21 games played.
For more on Wilson, check out the nhl.com post here.