On Wednesday afternoon Mike Vogel of the Washington Capitals announced that second-year forward Tom Wilson suffered an ankle injury in Ontario. Wilson may miss training camp and the beginning of the regular season, which would be a huge loss on top of Dmitry Orlov’s broken wrist.

Vogel writes:

According to a Caps spokesperson, Washington right wing Tom Wilson suffered an ankle injury in Ontario during a fall. Doctors in Toronto are currently evaluating him. The Capitals’ medical staff has been in touch with Wilson and the doctors. The team will know more about the extent of his injury in the next couple of days.

Should Wilson not be ready for the start of training camp or the regular season, it would obviously put a crimp in plans to slide him up the depth chart. Because of the team’s depth on the right side, Wilson spent his entire season on the team’s fourth line and averaged just 7:56 in ice-time per night as a teenager in the NHL.

We, among others, received this tweet on Tuesday that said Wilson may have broken his ankle or leg in a skateboarding accident.


We were unable to substantiate this report, and the Caps did not respond to questions about it.

Wilson may have deleted an image and tweet from Sunday in which he stated he was in Muskoka hanging out with friends for Canada Day weekend.


Wilson allegedly attended a party for sport/lifestyle company Team LTD in Muskoka on Sunday as well.


We’ll share more information on the injury when we have it. For now, here’s wishing Wilson a speedy recovery.

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  • Rob W.
  • Wilson!

    Wilson!! Wilson!! What are we going to do now?! Wilson!!

  • Wondering

    Why, if you received a tweet about it, did you use a picture of the tweet JapersRink linked to and not the one sent to you.

  • Bilal

    gaaaaaaaaaaaawd dammit

  • Searle

    Well this doesn’t help things

  • Matt Lauer

    My cup runneth over with good news this week.

  • Sorry didn’t notice that until your comment – Peter was helping me finish this story so we could get it out faster and the tweet he sent to me was the one that didn’t include our handle. I found the one we received and updated.

  • Megan

    Noooooooooooo. Get well soon Willy!!

  • Myan

    I know he’s only 20 and it’s summer but he needs to be smarter in the future. When your livelihood depends on you being physically fit and healthy, you shouldn’t jeopardize that with your extracurricular activities. Take care of your body. I wish him a speedy recovery but I hope he learns from this.

  • Roy Schue

    That’s a much nicer and calmer version of what I wanted to say

  • Myan

    When my boyfriend told me this news, I yelled lots of obscenities. I figured I should tone it down so I don’t get banned from my favorite blog.

  • VeggieTart

    Whatta doofus. I know he’s young, but really, he needs to stay healthy for the team that pays him.

  • Austin


  • Brouwer Rangers

    In what century does it actually take a professional sports team a “couple of days” to learn the extent of an injury?

  • Fletcher22

    I thought this type of stuff was written into the standard player contracts? No skateboards, motorcycles and the like. Hope it doesn’t impact anything other than the start his season.
    If it had something with Canada Day festivities, I’m guessing booze was involved.

  • Fletcher22

    Totally forgetting the injury for a second, this is just one of the many reasons hockey is great. Laughts21 is Scott Laughton, was drafted a few picks after Wilson by the Flyers. Wilson and Laughton fought in the CHL prospect game. Yet these guys are hanging out and enjoying life (well, not Willy) while we’re over here screaming at each other about Orpik.

  • Wondering

    No problem Ian. I just didn’t want others thinking about dishonesty. I tried to put my words as diplomatic as possible.

  • Pat Magee

    He’s 20 years old AND a world class athlete. He’ll be fine and 100% in mid august. Enough with the gloom and doom!!!

  • Danny Lioudkevitch

    I think he’ll learn from it and is probably beating himself up about it. Better he learn early when he’s 20.

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    Hey that’s no problem. At least we have our defense figured out & we have a great center in FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCKKKKK…

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    Recovery time for an ankle fracture is 4-8 weeks in a cast/splint. That’s not including the time afterwards (3 weeks to 2 months) to get full range of motion/strength back in the joint. I agree with you about easing up on the doom & gloom, but I don’t think his turnaround time will be quite that quick. My guess is, he’ll miss training camp/ some preseason games…

  • creepy

  • Jonathan Cribbs

    It’s the summer, and he probably broke or badly rolled his ankle or something. I doubt they’re treating it as an all-hands-on-deck emergency.

  • Guest

    Yeah but with the decent insurance I’m sure hockey players have surely he’ll have at least a rough diagnosis within a few hours of getting to a hospital?

  • Pat Magee

    I don’t even think anybody said it was broken anyway, could just be a bad sprain?

  • Cthulu’s Alarm Clock

    Actually, I thought I read a tweet from Chuck Gormley or someone else that it was a break. But I can’t find it, so until I do, you are correct in that no one has said it was a break, that it could be a sprain.

    It is possible, if it’s severe enough, that a sprain can require surgery, in which case the recovery time is similar to a break. But anyway…

    I think this coming the day after the Orpik/Niskanen signing made everyone (myself included) go “OH HOLY SHIT WHAT NOW”, & immediately think of the worst-case scenario….

  • Pat Magee

    Yeah, i hear ya. Willie baby will be fine.