Crash kills former OHLer

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- The Brock University athletic community is in mourning following the death of hockey player Vince Scott, the Badgers' leading scorer, in a car accident Wednesday morning.

"He was a great kid. He was one of those guys that you meet and you instantly like and he was a nice guy to be around," Brock athletic director Lorne Adams said.

The death has shaken the entire Brock community.

"People are just devastated. You can never be prepared for anything like that. And certainly, when it happens that suddenly to someone that close to you, everyone is shaken. Murray (coach Nystrom), the team, the department -- there's no word to describe it," Adams said.

A posting on the Erie Otters website expressed the Ontario Hockey League team's condolences. Scott played four seasons with Erie.

"On behalf of the entire Erie Otters organization, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Scott family. Vinny was a high-character kid who cared about his teammates and community. He will be missed," Otters assistant general manager Shawn Waskiewicz said.

A police release said paramedics, Thorold firefighters and police responded to a single-vehicle accident on Decew Rd. at Decew Woods Ct. in Thorold at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators determined Scott lost control of his 2006 Honda Civic approaching a right-hand curve in the road near Decew Woods Ct. After leaving the road, the car went into a ditch, collided with a utility pole and flipped over on its roof.

Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say speed was a contributing factor in the accident.

The 23-year-old Mississauga native played with Erie from 2003 to 2006. He played in 202 games and netted 29 goals and 71 points. After completing his OHL career with Sarnia in 2007, Scott spent two years at the University of Prince Edward Island before transferring to Brock University. This past season, Scott was Brock's leading scorer with 25 points in 25 games.


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