Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott went to the penalty box and asked the refs, “Headshot?”
Surprising to no one, the official answer from the league was a resounding yes.
Scott, who’s already missed three games while the case was reviewed, will sit for four more.
From the NHL:
Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended for seven games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during NHL Game No. 138 in Buffalo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 5:49 of the third period. Scott received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Scott will forfeit $26,923.05. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
In case you missed it, here’s the hit in question, along with the Shanahan-ban-analysis (Shanabanalysis?):
The hit also inspired another epic rant from Mike Milbury, in which Mad Mike repeatedly referred to Scott as a meathead. Archie Bunker would be proud. (Quite possibly marking the first time that anyone would be proud of something Milbury did…)