New York Islanders Fans Still Hate Tom Wilson

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 21: Tom Wilson
UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 21: Tom Wilson /

Any time the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet it’s hard not to think back to the 2015 series. Memories of Tom Wilson come to mind.

The New York Islanders are facing off against the Washington Capitals tonight. They currently are leading 3-0 after two periods of play. Anytime these two fans meet it’s easy to think back to past matchups.

Older fans will think back to the ‘Easter Epic’, but younger fans like myself will look back on the 2015 series.

In that series, Islanders fans developed a hatred for Tom Wilson. Here’s why:

Tom Wilson absolutely crushed Lubomir Visnovsky. It was a dirty play, and rightfully so fans began to immediately despise Wilson who has a reputation as a dirty player.

Tonight, Wilson laid a pretty big hit on Josh Ho-Sang and fans reacted just as you’d expect:

Those tweets weren’t everything. Heck, some fans even came to the stadium prepared to give Tom Wilson the business:

I cannot confirm or deny that Tom Wilson kicks puppies but I can say this: Tom Wilson is a former first-round pick who has been so much of a bust that he had to turn into a battering ram on skates in order to have any impact at the NHL level.

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Wilson’s career high in points is 23. He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2012. Three years later the Isles selected Mathew Barzal with the 16th pick. In his rookie year this year, Barzal put up 23 points in 23 games this year. The Caps really got some value with that top-20 pick…