NHL is villain as fan support boosts John Scott to All-Star MVP

John Scott, a defenseman who had previously only scored five goals in his eight-year NHL career, is the 2016 All-Star most valuable player. Fans voted for him as MVP after Scott scored two goals during the All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31.

On the way, the Pacific Division won the All-Star Game.

In an interview with Canada’s SportsNet Jan. 29, Scott said that he understood that being voted onto the all-star roster by fans “started as a farce” by a blogger. The campaign quickly gained momentum. Not only did he make the roster, but the fan-voted player was automatically the captain for the division team.

Scott says he was asked to bow out of the All-Star Game by the Arizona Coyotes (his team at time) and by the NHL. Then Scott says that an NHL representative asked, “Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?” That question finalized Scotts’ decision. He decided that he would still play in the game anyway whether or not the Coyote management or the NHL liked it.

Shortly after his decision, Scott was traded from the Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens – and promptly sent down to the AHL affiliate the St. John’s (Newfoundland) Ice Caps, therefore looking like he was ineligible for the All-Star Game.

What makes the NHL the bad guys in this situation is that it made John Scott and his wife who is expecting twins and their two daughters go across the continent. It displaced the Scotts’ life in Arizona. It sent him to the minors. All this for a meaningless set of 3-on-3 20-minute games in a tournament that was supposed to be fun for everyone.

But the internet was persistent, they constantly heckled the NHL over social media in the days that followed. The NHL, perhaps in full damage-control mode, perhaps out of the kindness of its heart, allowed Scott to still play in the Honda All-Star Game in Nashville. Sott scored twice and won All Star Game MVP.

John Scott shares his long strange career and his even stranger route to Nashville in The Players’ Tribune. YDC calls it recommended reading: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/a-guy-like-me/

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