Suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson‘s appeal hearing has been scheduled for Thursday. The first appeal is heard by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and can go to a neutral arbitrator after that.
Wilson was suspended 20 games for his illegal check to the head on St. Louis Blues centre Oskar Sundqvist during a pre-season matchup.
The NHL granted Wilson “non-roster player” status earlier this week while he serves his suspension.
If Wilson’s 20-game ban is upheld, the earliest he would be eligible to return to Washington’s lineup would be Nov. 21.