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John Scott Suspended Seven Games


John Scott has received his sentence from the National Hockey League.

Scott, who was suspended indefinitely for a blindside hit, was suspended for four additional games on top of the three he already served while waiting for his hearing, making a total of seven games.

On Oct. 23, the Buffalo Sabres enforcer caught Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson with an open-ice, blindside hit to the head. Eriksson was concussed, and he hasn’t played since.

To refresh your memory, Scott was given a match penalty for charging on the play, which can be seen again in the video below.

Scott is the ninth player to receive a concrete suspension for either charging, hitting to the head, or boarding. Scott joins a list including:

  • Brad Stuart, San Jose Sharks (Oct. 9, 2013, hit to the head – three games)
  • Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (Oct. 11, 2013, hit to the head – three games)
  • Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 15, 2013, hit to the head – 10 games)
  • Maxim Lapierre, St. Louis Blues (Oct. 18, 2013, boarding – five games)
  • Cody McLeod, Colorado Avalanche (Oct. 21, 2013, boarding – five games)
  • Michael Grabner, New York Islanders (Oct. 21, 2013, hit to the head – two games)
  • Ryan Garbutt, Dallas Stars (Oct. 23, 2013, charging – five games)
  • Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes (Oct. 28, 2013, charging – two games)

Counting Scott, nine players have been suspended for 42 games combined while forfeiting $591,488.70 in salary so far this season.

Scott will be eligible to return on Nov. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks, having forfeited $26,923.05 in salary.

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