Penn State announces Scott Conway, leading freshman scorer, kicked off team

The Penn State Nittany Lions have announced that leading freshman scorer Scott Conway has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. Conway, 20, was fifth in scoring on Penn State with 10 goals and 26 points, but also led the team in penalty minutes with 59.

Scott Conway, who led the NCAA’s Penn State Nittany Lions in scoring by a freshman and was named to the Big Ten’s all-freshman team, has been booted from the team, announced coach Guy Gadowsky.

In a release from Penn State’s men’s hockey program, it was revealed that Conway was dismissed from the club for a violation of team rules, but no further information was given. In the statement, the team wrote that, “Gadowsky and the program consider this matter concluded and will have no further comment.”

Born in Basingstoke, England and the cousin of Arizona Coyotes 2014 first-round draft pick Brendan Perlini, Conway notched 10 goals and 26 points in 34 games with the Nittany Lions this season. He was the fifth highest scorer on the team and had some promise had he continued on with Penn State.

This isn’t the first time Conway has gotten involved in some trouble since entering the NCAA. Earlier in the season, he was suspended for one game following a punch to the head of an opponent during a March contest against Minnesota. Conway also racked up 59 penalty minutes in 34 games, leading the team in that category.

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In the season prior to coming to the NCAA, Conway suited up for the USHL’s Indiana Ice, where he scored 33 goals and 68 points in 57 games. In the post-season, he added another four goals and 11 points in 12 games en route to winning a league title. His 2013-14 season also saw him named to the USHL’s All-Star Game and get the nod as a first team all-star at the end of the campaign.

Conway’s options going forward would be to either pursue a minor professional or big league deal somewhere or transfer schools. However, according to NCAA rules, if Conway wishes to transfer between two schools he’ll need to sit out a year of competition, which means he wouldn’t be able to get back into action until the 2016-17 campaign. Even if he were to transfer, he would still maintain three more seasons of eligibility.