SCOTT ELECTED AS UNLIKELY CAPTAIN OF NHL ALL-STAR TEAM
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.