When a NHL player retires with five career goals and 544 career penalty minutes, there isn’t a lot of fanfare when he calls it a career – nor should there be.
I still remember the images from three years ago of Sabres coach Ron Rolston sending six feet eight inches tall- 270 pound John Scott out on the ice in an exhibition game against Toronto.
Scott attacked Leafs star Phil Kessel. It was all part of that code I still don’t understand.
In my mind, Scott was nothing more than another “two minutes of ice time, 12 minutes in penalties” per game player.
As a joke, fans voted to have Scott take up a spot in the 2016 all-star 3 on 3 tournament.
Scott, who didn’t possess all-star skill, turned out to be a story that couldn’t be ignored.
As a result, fans got to know an intelligent Edmonton product and Michigan Tech alum, who was just a good guy who appreciated playing hockey for a living.
The joke turned out to be on those who thought it would be funny to make Scott an all-star.
The real hockey fans got to know the real John Scott. It was soon realized that Scott was an all-star person, and someone who deserves a mention in retirement.