Los Angeles Kings winger Jacob Doty will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for interference with San Jose Sharks winger Jeffrey Viel.
The incident happened just over halfway through the second period, as Doty relieved Viel in the neutral zone after it looked like he would receive a pass. However, Viel did not, and with no puck on his stick, Doty continued to go for the hit, receiving a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct as a result. The Sharks scored on the ensuing power play with a goal from Evgeny Svechnikov to make it 2-0 en route to a 3-1 win over the Kings. Doty also had two hits that knocked down glass along the game boards, so it was a physical night for the player.
Doty is an undrafted 29-year-old forward who is known more for his physicality than his goalscoring prowess. He spent five seasons in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Medicine Hat Tigers, scoring 27 goals, 38 assists, 65 points and 467 penalty minutes in 270 games. Thereafter, he spent seven seasons in the AHL with the Blues and St. Louis Kings organizations, scoring eight goals, 12 assists, 20 points and 388 penalty minutes in 142 games, as well as a few stints during these seasons in the ECHL and a two-year period from 2017 to 2019 in the EIHL. He has zero points in two preseason games this year.
Viel had a slightly more successful hockey career at this point. Also undrafted, the 25-year-old spent five seasons in the QMJHL with the Sherbrooke Phoenix and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, with 115 goals, 81 assists and 196 points in 259 games. He then joined the Sharks organization and spent the last four seasons between the AHL and the NHL, with 30 goals, 32 assists and 62 points in 152 AHL games, and three goals, two assists and five points in 45 NHL games. He has zero points in two preseason games this year.