A Recent History of Caps Suspensions

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Posted January 6, 2016

Alex Ovechkin has been suspended three times in his NHL career. (Caps Outsider)

(UPDATED Jan. 7)

Flying under the radar of the Caps’ signing of Mike Richards on Wednesday was the two-game suspension of Zach Sill. A call-up from Hershey, Sill boarded Adam McQuaid during the Caps’ 3-2 win against Boston on Tuesday.

This got us wondering about other suspensions the Caps have had recently. By recently, we mean in the last ten years. Lists like this serve more of a trip down memory lane, as the suspensions are relatively few and far between for this team (thankfully). So, here are the most recent ones:

January 7, 2016: Marcus Johansson illegally hits Thomas Hickey in the head, gets 2 games.

January 5, 2016: Zach Sill boards Adam McQuaid, gets 2 games.

March 2, 2014: Dmitri Orlov boards Brayden Schenn, gets 2 games.

February 1, 2013: John Erskine elbows Wayne Simmonds, gets 3 games.

April 14, 2012: Nick Backstrom cross-checks Rich Peverley, misses 1 postseason game.

March 8, 2012: Mike Green illegally hits Brett Connolly to the head, gets 3 games.

January 22, 2012: Alexander Ovechkin charges Zbynek Michalek, gets 3 games.

March 15, 2010: Ovechkin boards Brian Campbell, gets 2 games.

January 30, 2010: Green elbows Michael Frolik in the head, gets 3 games.

December 1, 2009: Ovechkin knee-on-knee hits Tim Gleason, gets 2 games.

April 27, 2009: Donald Brashear gets 1 game for contact with Colton Orr during warmups, 5 games for a blind-side hit on Blair Betts.

December 30, 2006: Brashear – 1 game for punching Aaron Ward.

November 23, 2006: Brashear – 3 games for fighting.

November 23, 2006: Brian Sutherby – 1 game for fighting.

Before that, Alex Semin was suspended in 2004 by the Capitals for not reporting to Portland.

Ah, memories.