John Scott, NHL enforcer, named all-star game captain

John Scott, Arizona Coyotes forward and NHL enforcer, was voted in as the captain for the Pacific division for the upcoming NHL all-star game.

Coyote has 5 goals in 285 career NHL games

Arizona Coyotes' John Scott, commonly known around the league as a fighter and not a goal scorer, was named an all-star game captain after fans voted him in as the representative for the Pacific division. (Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press)

This is not a drill. John Scott will be an NHL all-star game captain.

Yes, the same John Scott who has five career NHL goals, 11 career points, and 542 penalty minutes in 285 career games.

Under the new NHL all-star game format, fans voted for a captain from each division and Scott, a member of the Arizona Coyotes, was named captain of the Pacific division.

In what must've been a running joke by NHL fans, Scott beat out players in his own division like Johnny Gaudreau, Drew Doughty, Taylor Hall and many other vastly more talented players for the distinction. 

Scott has only played 11 games this year while being a healthy scratch in many others. He has one assist and six shots on net, while averaging 6:18 of ice time per game. 

Scott had this to say when the voting began at the beginning of December: 

"I don't want to have my name in the headlines for this reason," Scott told the Arizona Republic in early December. "Like, it's a fun little thing and hopefully it'll die down over time. I definitely don't want to be voted into the all-star game. It would be cool, but I definitely don't deserve it at this point. You never know. There's still some time left. I could turn it on."

He never turned it on, but he said he will be going to the game, especially since it will give his family an opportunity to see him play with some of the NHL's superstars. 

"That was a big reason why I do think I should go and want to go to participate in this, my family my kids. I think, it'll be a fun time to go out there and experience something I never would have dreamed of to experience," said Scott.

"I've talked to a lot of guys in my position the last few weeks and it's kind of nice, I've grinded out a career here, it's not easy being the odd man out a lot, the odd man in, you never know where you stand or if you're going to play or not, you get sent down, you're forward, you're defense it's kind of one of those things."

Just for fun, here's a compilation video of all five goals Scott has scored in his illustrious career.

The other captains will be Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin.

Jagr, who is something of a hockey God among fans, pleaded on Twitter for fans to not vote for him, pointing out his old age and how three-on-three would kill him. 

As part of the new format, the teams will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a three-on-three format, and featuring four teams representing each NHL division.

The remaining 40 players will be determined by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department and announced on Jan. 6. Each team will have six forwards, three defencemen and two goaltenders.

The game will take place in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 31. 


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