SCOTT ELECTED AS UN­LIKELY CAP­TAIN OF NHL ALL-STAR TEAM

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

nashville, tenn. » John Scott is known for in­tim­i­dat­ing op­po­nents with his fists and mas­sive size.

Now the Ari­zona Coy­otes’ tough guy can add a new ti­tle: NHL All-Star Game cap­tain.

Fans voted for the four cap­tains in the Jan. 31 All-Star Game at Nashville’s Bridge­stone Arena and the fi­nal tally had Scott’s name next to Florida’s Jaromir Jagr, Wash­ing­ton’s Alex Ovechkin and Chicago’s Pa­trick Kane.

“It’s one of those things where I don’t want to be a joke, I don’t want to be an em­bar­rass­ment, I don’t want to kind of em­bar­rass the game in that way,” Scott said be­fore the Coy­otes played the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers on Satur­day.

“But I talked to some peo­ple, I talked to a lot of for­mer play­ers and ev­ery­one said have fun with it, just go with it and it’ll be a good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The other cap­tains se­lected were not sur­pris­ing. Jagr is one of the NHL’s el­der states­men, Ovechkin one of its best play­ers, and Kane is the NHL’s leader in points.

The 6-foot-8, 270-pound Scott is one of the NHL’s last heavy­weight fight­ers, a player who’s ar­tic­u­late and well thought of off the ice, but one of the most in­tim­i­dat­ing forces on it.

Scott has one as­sist and 25 penalty min­utes in 11 games this sea­son and was waived three times by the Coy­otes. The en­forcer has five goals, six as­sists and 542 penalty min­utes in 285 ca­reer games.

The All-Star Game was re­for­mat­ted this sea­son, with one player from each di­vi­sion se­lected by fan vot­ing to lead a team in the three-on-three game. A fan cam­paign be­gan when vot­ing started and con­tin­ued un­til Scott be­came an im­prob­a­ble cap­tain.

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