Suspended Scott's hearing set for Thursday

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeOctober 25, 2013


Buffalo Sabres left winger John Scott is scheduled for an in-person hearing Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit on Boston's Loui Eriksson.
Scott delivered a shot to Eriksson's head on Wednesday night in the Bruins' 5-2 victory in Buffalo. Eriksson is out indefintely with a concussion.
The 31-year-old Scott has not previously faced disciplinary action from the league. Leading up to the hearing, he will miss games on Friday night against Florida, Saturday against Tampa Bay and Monday against Dallas.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Scott would not be treated as a repeat offender. In-person hearings are offered to any player whose suspension could go beyond five games.
"I don"t think I'm a dirty player," Scott said Thursday. "I try to play within the code, within the rules. This is my first suspension. I don't think I'm dirty. I don't try to be a dirty player. I kind of feel really upset."
In the third period of Wednesday's game, Scott hit Eriksson in the neutral zone after Eriksson passed the puck. Scott received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head and then a five-minute fighting major on the following play after a dust-up with Boston's Adam McQuaid.