The New York Rangers demanded George Parros, the head of the NHL Department of Player Safety, be fired after the league agreed not to ban Washington Capitals forwards Tom Wilson for two accidents in a game this week.
Wilson was fined $5,000 by the NHL for punching Rangers forwards Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head when he was defenceless on the ice during the Capitals’ 6-3 victory Monday night.
During a scrum between the clubs, Wilson dropped Rangers star Artemi Panarin to the ice.
“The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrifying act of violence [Monday] night at Madison Square Garden,” the team said in a statement Tuesday.
“Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these type of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and their Department of Player Safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely.”
The Rangers said Panarin suffered a lower-body injury as a result of Wilson’s actions. The injury kept Panarin out of the third period against the Capitals on Monday and ended his season with three games left.
Wilson was handed two minor roughing penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, but he returned to the contest in the third and scored a goal.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Wilson wouldn’t receive a hearing for the incidents. He wasn’t penalized further for the altercations with Buchnevich and Panarin.
“Wilson’s dangerous and reckless actions caused an injury to Artemi Panarin that will prevent him from playing again this season,” the Rangers said. “We view this as a dereliction of duty by NHL Head of Player Safety, George Parros, and believe he is unfit to continue in his current role.”
In September 2017, Parros took over as the league’s senior vice president of player protection, succeeding Stephane Quintal. As an enforcer in the NHL, Parros appeared in 474 games for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, and Montreal Canadiens.
Wilson has been suspended five times under Parros’ tenure, most recently for seven games in March after injuring Boston Bruins defender Brandon Carlo on a boarding action.