Former Chicago Blackhawks enforcer and current Buffalo Sabre John Scott has been suspended seven games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson on Oct. 23.
Scott skated in from Eriksson's right and leveled him with a shoulder to the face, well after Eriksson had passed the puck. Eriksson sustained a concussion on the play. He also spent the night in the hospital and is sidelined indefinitely.
While Scott is known for being a physical player, he hadn't been suspended previously in his career.
Scott had been suspended indefinitely while waiting for an in-person hearing. As a result of the official suspension Scott will also surrender $26,923.05 in salary. He will be eligible to return on Nov. 8.