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'Good to be back on the Rock': John Scott's 'nerve-racking' Mile One debut

John Scott says he wasn't at his best during his first home game with the St. John's IceCaps and says he hopes the fans aren't expecting too much.
John Scott speaks to reporters after a practice at Mile One Saturday. (CBC)

John Scott says he wasn't at his best during his first home game with the St. John's IceCaps, and says he hopes he can meet fan expectations.

Scott hit the ice at Mile One stadium Saturday night to chants of "MVP" and got a standing ovation, in a game the IceCaps won 3-1 over the Toronto Marlies.

"It was nice, nerve racking," he said in a post game interview. "Obviously I wanted to do well, play well for the fans....really cool."

Scott landed in St. John's at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, after a whirlwind of media attention surrounding the NHL All-Star series, where he scored two goals and was voted most valuable player.

Fans gave John Scott a standing ovation on Saturday night after his first home game at Mile One. (IceCaps)

Days later, on Feb. 5, his wife Danielle gave birth to twin daughters.

"She's the real MVP. She's the one holding up this family," Scott told local reporters after a practice Saturday.

"They're back in Michigan just kind of holding down the fort without me. Everyone's healthy. The babies are good. My older daughters couldn't be happier."

Just doing his job

As for a possible movie deal, "I don't have much information. Talk to my agent," Scott laughed.

It's nice to know people think I handled it the right way...I always pride myself on being a stand up guy, good character, make the right decisions. It's nice the fans see that and they kind of applaud something off the ice as well as on the ice."

Scott was offered tickets to a National Basketball Association All-Star game in Toronto this weekend, but he turned down the offer.

"Well it's my job to come here, so I had to come here," he said. "It would have been fun but you got to go back to work sometime. Good to be back on the Rock."

Scott says his wife and four daughters are still in Michigan, where his twins were born Feb. 5. (IceCaps)

Scott has promised to treat his IceCaps team members to a dinner out and said he will do that during an upcoming road trip.

The team lost 2-1 to the Marlies on Sunday, and Scott said he's trying not to disappoint the hometown fans.

"I'm not a skilled guy so hopefully they don't think I'm going to bring too much to the table."

He's also grateful that his off ice message has resonated.

"You don't have to step on anyone's toes or be an A-Hole. You just be a nice guy and good things happen to you."