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John Scott: The Fans Have Spoken, But Does It Really Matter?

What does it take to be an all-star Published 12:09 pm 8 February 2016 Vol CXXXVI No. 16 under Sports Tags NHL Professional sport students
Kristopher Love | 08 February, 2016, 07:09

Scott met briefly with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday night in Nashville, after his essay made an explosive allegation that a league official suggested Scott's daughters would not be proud of their father if he attended the All-Star Game, and the two smoothed over the issues. "I've had a lot of big things in hockey, whether it's the [Phil] Kessel [incident] or the suspensions or this or that", Scott said. Instead of embracing something they created (the FAN VOTE), they have turned their back on one of its true soldiers.

Hey, all it took was nine seasons in the NHL, a spot on the top line of the best team in the League, and some tireless lobbying from one of his biggest fans to get him where we all know he's always belonged.

"It's neat", he said. So if somebody came to me right now and gave me the Cup, I'm not going to take it.

Everyone who follows the league is curious to see what the 3-on-3 tournament will be like, and in particular how Scott will fare in it.

"It just shows you how ugly this situation was behind the scenes and it's going to be really interesting to see how this unfolds throughout the weekend". But the 33-year-old enforcer certainly has the players' respect.

"Obviously that's not right".

"He's able to play both sides of the fence", Subban said.

Part of the intrigue is not only the way it allows the game to open where the skilled players can shine, but the different combinations teams can use. If all you know about John Scott is what you remember from that silly 2013 preseason brawl in Toronto when Phil Kessel tried to tomahawk chop his legs, there's a lot more to him. "It's a matter of having everyone on the same page as far as, how hard do you want us to go?" "So it is nice to finally have everyone put that aside and realize, you know, it's going to happen, let's have fun with it, make the best of it and just have a good time".

Ekblad got his wish as he will be in the hardest shot event segment along with Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin, Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos and Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

"I guarantee I'll be good", he said of the pre-game skills competition. A fan vote, an internet vote - but a vote from among the 700 or so best hockey players in North American professional sports.

 

The NHL's All-Star Game is Sunday at 6:00 p.m.at Bridgestone Arena.

If you need evidence, just check out this quote from Backstrom via the Associated Press's Steve Whyno.

"While I don't deserve to be an All-Star, I also don't think I deserve to be treated like I've been by the league throughout this saga", he wrote. I have a ton of respect for guys like him.

Scott isn't sure how fans will react. He has scored just five goals since his NHL debut in 2009, and the former Arizona player is now playing in the minor leagues.

I'm not exactly big on fan votes for All-Star games and it appears I'm not alone.

Nicklas Backstrom is the point-a-game playmaker who toils in the large shadow of Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, goal-scoring rock star and a constant headliner on the NHL's marquee.

The goodie bag also included bottles of premium Jack Daniel's whiskey (supposedly only for owners and other bigwig-types but might have matriculated to a player or two, wink wink).

You've likely heard the story by now. "You talk to anyone who's played with him, he's got a great personality".

"I can pretty much play any country song", said Duchene, who lists Eric Church as his favorite country artist at the moment. The league caved. And then Scott drilled them in a first-person piece published Thursday on Derek Jeter's website, The Players Tribune.