John Scott became one of the biggest stories in the NHL following his entrance to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
The 260-pound behemoth was voted as the captain of the Pacific Division. This event sparked much controversy across the NHL regarding the All-Star fan vote, the All-Star player eligibility, and the handling of the John Scott situation by the NHL.
The 33-year-old enforcer became a joke to the hockey community at times following his nomination as captain. In fact, he was encouraged to forfeit his spot on the All-Star roster.
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Scott was recently traded to the Montreal Canadiens, and demoted to the AHL but this did not stop him from playing in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
Scott was very nervous going into the All-Star weekend. After all, he only scored five goals and six assists over a span of 285 NHL games and did not have the skill set to compete with all the other NHL All-Stars.
“Oh my gosh, I was literally shaking out there. My heart was beating a mile a minute,” said Scott during an interview, via NHL.com.
Fortunately, the nervous enforcer received a very warm welcome to the weekend by both the NHL and the fans. He even got a standing ovation during his player introduction at the beginning of the All-Star Skills Competition.
The 6 foot 8 giant then went on to participate in the hardest shot competition where he blasted a blistering 95.9 miles per hour shot and placed sixth out of the eight participants, ahead of both Tyler Seguin and Aaron Ekblad.
The Alberta native also tried to pull a spin-o-rama move on Cory Schneider, but he was denied at the last second.
The most incredible part of Scott’s weekend was his participation during the All-Star Game. Scott led the underdog Pacific Division team over the offensively stacked Central Division team in a 9-6 victory. Scott scored two goals and even had a mock fight with the NHL points leader Patrick Kane.
Scott continued his dominant performance in the finals against the Atlantic Division, where he played a vital part in creating offensive opportunities with former teammates Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski.
The Pacific Division’s All-Star team ended up winning the game 1-0 and John Scott and his team won one million dollars at the end of the night.
Scott’s night only got better as the fans voted for him to be the MVP of the game despite his name not being listed on the Twitter voting list.
The fans were surely entertained by Scott’s participation in the game, and, hopefully, the NHL commissioner Gary Bettman thought the same. Perhaps NHL enforcers like Raffi Torres might have a shot at the NHL All-Star Game next year.